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Keep on Quinoa-ing; Nutrition that Does a Planet Good

June 23, 2017

 

Klerifying Fact: Quinoa was once grown in America many thousands of years ago in the Mississippi River Basin.

 

Product of the week: Quinoa

 

Contemplating dinner this weekend? Turn to one of the nearly 120 types of quinoa grown around the world as the base ingredient for a super healthy salad!

 

 

 

We’re talking about quinoa because it’s super sustainable. Traditional growers in the Andes:

 

- Use organic fertilizers         - Usually don't apply  pesticides

- Rotate crops                         - Grow quinoa with other crops to maintain healthy soil


 

On top of that sustainably grown quinoa does not clear natural habitat and provides important income for local farmers, especially in Bolivia!

 

This means positive outcomes for nature, greenhouse gas emissions, farmer livelihoods, and water in your diet.

 

 

Helping a highland farmer

 

Quinoa is mostly grown in impoverished areas in the highlands of Peru and Bolivia. Since it became a cuisine craze, the price of quinoa more than tripled. Their lives have materially improved in multiple ways. The quinoa in your salad is helping fight the battle against global poverty! Globalisation can create jobs and increase incomes.

 

 

Packing protein with each curly grain

 

Quinoa is a super flavorful, ancient grain to be your salad’s base. It has 8 grams of protein per serving, heaps of fiber, and cancer combating flavanols like quercetin and kaempferol. There are so many benefits of quinoa that it is a chosen food for NASA astronauts. Guess you have to be super to grow at the high altitudes of the Andes!

 

Make these healthy, affordable and delicious recipes:

How to keep quinoa-ing, ethically

 

When shopping for quinoa this weekend, buy certified sustainable brands that can guarantee the farmers, their communities and environment are better looked after than conventional quinoa. Buy brands certified Fairtrade and Organic.

 

Green Brands (Fairtrade and Organic): ALTER ECO, I Heart Keenwah,

 

Yellow Brands (only Fairtrade or Organic): Nature’s Earthly Choice, Near East, Trader Joe’s Organic Quinoa, Viva Naturals Royal Quinoa, TruRoots, Kirkland

 

 

We did not make this up:

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/07/11/quinoa-should-be-taking-over-the-world-this-is-why-it-isnt/?utm_term=.7064077f9f4c

http://www.ccrp.org/projects/quinoa-sustainability

http://www.motherjones.com/food/2013/01/quinoa-good-evil-or-just-really-complicated/

https://www.vegetariantimes.com/life-garden/food-for-thought-the-quinoa-controversy

http://nacla.org/news/2015/12/23/do-you-know-where-your-quinoa-comes

https://draxe.com/10-quinoa-nutrition-facts-benefits/

http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4042e/i4042e20.pdf

http://www.fao.org/quinoa-2013/faqs/en/

https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/jul/17/quinoa-threat-food-security-improving-peruvian-farmers-lives-superfood

http://www.foodnavigator.com/Market-Trends/How-sustainable-is-quinoa

https://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/whole-grains-101-orphan-pages-found/types-quinoa

http://www.southworld.net/quinoa-the-golden-grain-of-the-incas/

 

Photo credits:

 

Drying quinoa By Michael Hermann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

 

Farmer pic By Dider Gentilhomme (Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

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