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:
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