Underreported: The Price of Quinoa's Success

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Quinoa has become an incredibly popular food in recent years, with prices for the whole grain tripling in the last five years. On today’s Underreported, Time writer Jean Friedman-Rudovksy talks about how the exploding market for quinoa has also created problems, including land disputes in Bolivia and environmental issues.


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Comments [5]

Amy from Manhattan

What I told the screener about quinoa for Passover was a little more complex, but still a little too simple. I haven't seen any quinoa that was *certified* kosher for Passover, but (last I heard) rabbis who accept it say that if it has a regular kosher certification it can be used for Passover. Even Ashkenazic Jews, who don't use legumes during Passover, can eat quinoa, allowing them to get complete protein in their diets over the holiday.

Apr. 05 2012 01:58 PM
Elaine from Baltimore

QUINOA... how timely, the best Passover food, after matza of course!

Apr. 05 2012 01:31 PM

From "people who celebrate Passover" - are guinea pigs kosher for Passover?

Cusco's cathedral has a painting of Jesus eating a guinea pig for the last supper. It must be kosher....

Apr. 05 2012 01:28 PM
Thom from brooklyn

Quinoa has been used as bird seed feed for decades. So why when its sold as human food is it more expensive?

Apr. 05 2012 01:25 PM
John A.

My solution: shop at a foreign market. So many other foods to chose from, exotic even, where no-one food seems to rise to the level of a monoculture. Still, I fear American intrusion anywhere can become destructive, even with these other foods.
I would be interested in hearing of foods besides Quinoa in a situation like this.

Apr. 05 2012 12:10 PM

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