according to a friend of mine, YES!
She came across an article
about Quinoa and how it is destroying bolivia. So her conclusion was that all vegetarians, especially vegans, were evil people because they eat quinoa.
I attempted to explain to her that my eating quinoa was not part of some master plan to destroy the country of Bolivia but instead a nutritious way of getting more protein into my diet. I also reminded her that buying meat in the grocery store was promoting the bad practices of major farming and let's not even talk about the WALMART factor.
Of course, this did not go over very well. Bad vegetarian! how dare I pick on meat eaters?!
Anyway, I opened my pantry this morning to come face to face with a 5LB bag of organic Quinoa. Well, dammit I am not throwing it out! However, my plans for church dinner this saturday have changed because my friend will be there and to keep the peace, I am removing quinoa from the menu.
I have come across an article of my own which shows how Quinoa is actually improving the quality of life in Bolivia 50.usaid.gov/quinoa-a-lu
I try very hard to live my life with as little impact on others as possible and actually eat local but things like Quinoa are not grown in Maryland or in the US. So currently this debate is at am impasse but I am now curious about the entire issue.
Edit: I have found one last article by the NY Times which is more neutral and addresses the concerns of the previous two articles. The problem does not seem quinoa is the major problem, though it is a contributing factor, but more widely available processed, junk food. www.nytimes.com/2011/03/
so, though it does sadden me that rising export costs have Bolivians not able to afford Quinoa, I can have my meal with a clear concise knowing that the farmers are making higher wages and farming practices have improved.