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What Is Quinoa? How Quinoa Became America's Hottest Whole Grain and Brought New Income to Bolivian Farmers

By Matthew Thompson, "Rediscovering Quinoa," March/April 2013

Farming quinoa has become big buiness in rural Bolivia as quinoa's nutrition and health benefits have made it the whole-grain darling of healthy diets.


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"The argument that the expanding international quinoa market "brought new income to Bolivian farmers" is misleading insofar as it is meant to make consumers from rich countries feel that by buying quinoa they are part of a process of...
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The argument that the expanding international quinoa market "brought new income to Bolivian farmers" is misleading insofar as it is meant to make consumers from rich countries feel that by buying quinoa they are part of a process of improving equality and sustainable economic development in Bolivia; the net effect of quinoa's international popularity has been--without reasonable question--negative for most low- and middle-income Bolivians; quinoa prices have skyrocketed and most Bolivians can no longer afford to buy it; some local quinoa-producing communities benefit while Bolivians as a whole eat less nutritiously; bottom line: when a northerner/westerner (US/Europe) buys quinoa she/he is hurting--not helping--the poor.

Anonymous

04/08/2015 - 9:57am

Anonymous, I'm not sure where you get your facts, but quinoa is not a Spanish word. It's a Quechua word, and as a Bolivian resident, I can assure you that it is pronounced KEE no ah.

Cara Contreras, Bolivia

Anonymous

05/26/2013 - 9:41pm

Great Article. I just have a small detail to add: the correct pronunciation is Kee NO ah. It is a Spanish word. Please check it out with the native people.

Anonymous

04/11/2013 - 6:59pm



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