Native tribes of North America are very nearly lost entirely, largely due to rapid spread of imperialism and corporate consumerism. Sadly, indigenous people of Bolivia are facing a similar plight thanks to a popular "health food" fad.
- Prices are at an all-time high, as foodies around the world seem to have developed a taste for this 'miracle grain of the Andes.'
- In Lima (Peru), quinoa now sells at a higher price per pound than flesh foods, other animal-derived products, and far less healthful hybrid/modified grains.
- Once a nourishing staple for the insolvent peoples of Peru and Bolivia, this protein-rich grain is now far too expensive for them to afford to feed their families.
- As demand continues to rise, pressure is on to transform a once diverse variety of crops into quinoa monoculture.
Please continue to learn about this issue by taking a moment to read through these related articles:
via Mother Jones - Quinoa: Good, Evil, or Just Really Complicated?
via The Guardian - Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?