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MI-ELLKAYBEE SparkPoints: (228,262)
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1/17/14 11:48 A

Quinoa is too expensive. I love it, but can't afford to buy it.

RACEWIFE Posts: 753
1/17/14 11:40 A

It's almost like we cannot purchase anything! Clothing from slave trade countries; now this...when will it stop. I know never. Very, very sad.

JOYCECAIN SparkPoints: (130,752)
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1/17/13 6:40 P

I tink itis sad that this has turned to be a downfall for people in Peru and Bolivia. I have never tried it. But the people who are growing it should get moree for their product, and enough for them to eat.

HMARTO Posts: 391
1/17/13 4:12 P

My husband and son are both celiacs, so even though it is expensive we frequently purchase quinoa pastas as they cook up so much better than the rice pastas.

LMCBUD Posts: 293
1/17/13 4:11 P

I love quinoa, and agree with AZULVIOLETA6. I've spent a lot of time in S. America and the variables involved many. In reality, you can probably say similar about most fruits and vegetables we have shipped in from other poor countries. It's terribly sad, and I would be aware, but stopping purchasing the foods will do little for these people

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/17/13 3:48 P

My mom's friends and family find it strange that we keep cui as pets! They're so cute, though!

AZULVIOLETA6 SparkPoints: (66,733)
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1/17/13 3:37 P

This is a credible source from the UK. South-North transfer of natural resources is something that exists in so many ways and on so many levels.

Malnutrition is a reality for indigenous people in the Andes. The export of quinoa does not cause this--it has deep, complex roots. Things will shift over time and more quinoa will be's just in flux right now and because these people always live with food insecurity, it is a tenuous situation. Most native people in the Andes live on potatoes, yuca, cui and vegetables, with some pork, cheese, rice and bread. It's a diet that is VERY high in carbohydrates.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
1/17/13 1:21 P

That makes me sad! My mother has "family" in Peru!!! I'll stick with wheat germ.

And, really, the base of our food pyramid should be fresh, locally grown vegetables. Love the public market!!!

LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 4,690
1/17/13 12:58 P

It's sure something to think about...

Sadly, I doubt that any big company that exports quinoa is going to give back any more than the absolutely have to to the Peruvian people. Most big companies are absolutely heartless.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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1/17/13 7:04 A

Hopefully the big companies that manufacture and sell quinoa will realize the inequality for the Peruvian people and compensate or give back to the community in a big way

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/17/13 6:40 A

It just keeps getting worse - the news.
Just when you think you're doing yourself, or the planet, or whatever a favor; it backfires on someone else

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (60,906)
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1/17/13 3:06 A

Whoah. I found this link on Facebook, and I can't vouch for its validity. I don't use quinoa, but I thought I would share here since many of you do.


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