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How many Bolivians are dying
because foodies love quinoa?

Yahoo! News, by Virginia Heffernan

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Posted By:NorthernDog, 1/24/2013 4:08:04 PM

A long time ago, “Bolivian marching powder” meant cocaine. Now it could mean quinoa. Quinoa is a massive crop that for millennia has honed its extraterrestrial nutritional powers in the dizzying altitudes of the Andes. In recent years, this curious substance—like coke before it—has also become a major export for Peru and Bolivia. But, as the Guardian recently reported, the foreign market for the good seed has driven the street price of quinoa up so high that most Bolivians and Peruvians can no longer afford their homegrown staple. For the people who used to live on it, protein-dense quinoa

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Prices for Quinoa have tripled but somehow the Bolivians have less money.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: altoona, 1/24/2013 4:25:44 PM     (No. 9137167)

Blame everyone for hardship in Bolivia except the Marxist Evo "Evil" Morales.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: vesicant, 1/24/2013 4:33:53 PM     (No. 9137184)

If it´s really that big a problem, do the Fair Trade thing that´s done for coffee.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 1/24/2013 4:35:39 PM     (No. 9137188)

Wheat and rye grow pretty well in cold climates, which I assume includes mountainous Bolivia. Therefore, it seems to me that the Bolivians could grow those grains for food while exporting quinoa as a cash crop to stupid, food-faddist Americans. This would be a win-win strategy. But I suspect the Marxist government is more likely the cause of Bolivia´s hard times than the export of quinoa.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JAN, 1/24/2013 4:39:39 PM     (No. 9137194)

Is the Bolivian gummint giving the grain away for free?

I assume they are getting paid for their product. So where is the money???

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Reply 5 - Posted by: noddy, 1/24/2013 4:46:14 PM     (No. 9137214)

Quinoa is a different grain and is hyped here for good reason, protein. We have many sources of protein. Many Bolivians do not.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: crimea river, 1/24/2013 4:59:00 PM     (No. 9137252)

Name a socialist paradise where the average "comrade" can afford their homegrown staple without government support.

I couldn´t think of one either.


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Reply 7 - Posted by: trapper, 1/24/2013 5:08:06 PM     (No. 9137268)

Let them eat Twinkies.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Hammock, 1/24/2013 5:09:54 PM     (No. 9137275)

Heffernan laid on the sarcasm, mockery, and snark so thickly that it interfered with what she was trying to push, whatever that was.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Achilles, 1/24/2013 6:07:46 PM     (No. 9137406)

What are foodies?

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Martha Howe, 1/24/2013 6:36:05 PM     (No. 9137441)

google it!...it´s been an unban "wordie" for some time.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: FunnyGirl, 1/24/2013 7:02:41 PM     (No. 9137476)

#5 is correct, quinoa is unique in that it is a complete protein although it´s treated like a grain.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/24/2013 9:09:26 PM     (No. 9137674)

I don´t know how I will ever manage.
Never had quinoa.


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Reply 13 - Posted by: toddh, 1/24/2013 9:46:22 PM     (No. 9137729)

At this very moment I am eating quinoa. Don´t much care about the amino acid balance - it´s delicious and has a fun texture. When I heard a teevee character call it a "superfood" I felt all trendy for a minute.

#9 - A foodie is someone who likes food and is a snob about it. My dog is a foodie.

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