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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 4:48 pm 
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My wife showed me a couple articles she found about quinoa - definitely worth a read!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/16/vegans-stomach-unpalatable-truth-quinoa

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/11/29/166155875/quinoa-craze-inspires-north-america-to-start-growing-its-own

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa problems
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Vegansaurus had a good response to the Guardian article and its anti vegan slant.

http://vegansaurus.com/post/40684400970

I don't know about other locations but the Whole Foods in Austin sell quinoa that is grown in the U.S. and I personally have grown in my garden (sifting it is a pain in the ass). So, with a little work there are ways to avoid the issue of importing it.

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Just one comment, are vegans the only group to eat quinoa? oO

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa problems
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World population is growing by 200,000 per day.

Unfortunately, the current population that is strictly vegan (approx .1 % of world population) do not have the largest impact on food supply and demand.

I love the footnote added today at the bottom of the guardian document... mentioned like a tiny afterthought that is inconsequential.

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa problems
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Thanks for the link to the vegansaurus article, it probably would have been a while before I came across that on my own.

I didn't read the guardian article as anti-vegan, but that's not really important. I do wonder on what the big deal is that the growers can't afford their own produce. I read in another article somewhere (don't recall) that they would rather sell it to make the money than keep it for themselves to eat, in which case it's their own decision. If they are making that much money selling it, then they can surely afford other food sources, and not just processed food as this article states. Sure there are probably many cases in which the farmers get screwed (like they always do). I know there are other people (non-growers) that can no longer afford it, so that plays into the vegansaurus article about the governments exercising some control on the export to help their own populations.

Personally, I eat a lot of quinoa, so I am thinking about it somewhat. I'll have to check where mine is sourced from.

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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa problems
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Intensive farming of a particular grain might lead to diseased crops as it did with soya and then quinoa might end up genetically modified in the future.


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Good to know about wholefoods, I'll check on Trader Joes and report back for you all.


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 Post subject: Re: Quinoa problems
PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:30 am 
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It's too bad the higher prices we have been paying in the last few years for quinoa hasn't helped at all.


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