My carrots come from Baden, my beets from Alymer, my flour from Arva, and my quinoa from, well, the grocery store. An article on quinoa from this morning’s Globe and Mail (published yesterday online) reminds health food nuts like me that, like meat-eaters, my favorite foods come at a high cost. For lovers of quinoa, the price is the subsistence of people (especially children) in South America where quinoa production is centered. Quinoa has become unaffordable for the people who have tra
ditionally used it as a staple in their diet. The price is also the land, which is being transformed into quinoa monoculture farms for exportation rather than a diverse range of products meeting community needs. I recommend you read the article and, if you are a weekly quinoa eater like me, reduce your quinoa consumption.