Friday, January 18, 2013

Quinoa Brings Wealth; Peasants Hardest Hit

quinoa_1.jpgDan Collyns, writing in The Guardian:
Averaging $3,115 (£1,930) per tonne in 2011, quinoa has tripled in price since 2006. Coloured varieties fetch even more. Red royal quinoa sells at about $4,500 a tonne and the black variety can reach $8,000 per tonne. The crop has become a lifeline for the people of Bolivia's Oruro and Potosi regions, among the poorest in what is one of South America's poorest nations.
Joanna Blythman, writing in The Guardian:
But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. ... In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken.
Every silver lining has a cloud, I quess.

quinoa_2.jpgPoor old Bolivian woman, she don't know whether to laugh or cry.

What, chicken for dinner? Again?