Food First Presents: The Quinoa Quandry: What’s at stake in the superfood debate
In recent years, quinoa—a highly nutritious Andean “grain”—has grown in popularity among US consumers, making the US one of the world’s leading quinoa importers. It has also spawned dozens of media stories suggesting that quinoa consumption in North America and Europe may be doing more harm than good to Andean ecosystems and communities. Food First Research Coordinator Tanya Kerssen will help to unravel the complex realities behind the “quinoa quandary,” focusing on Bolivia, the country with the greatest genetic diversity of quinoa and also the world’s top exporter.
Far beyond Bolivia, the quinoa quandary has implications for how we think about food system change and solutions to poverty and hunger more broadly. Are superfoods the solution? What about GMO and biofortified crops? How are these debates related & how do we make sense of them?
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