I’m aware that the quinoa situation is complicated, but I wrote this piece on quinoa targeting vegans last November because of posts from vegans like this one, and responders who touted quinoa as the “magic answer” to diversifying your proteins and dietary sensitivities and allergies (see: beans+Crohn’s, for example) because it is a “complete protein”.
The post I wrote has somewhere over 10k notes, and then, this past january, user biyuti brought an article written by Joanna Blythman to my attention. While the Times article I linked to in my post showcased some of the effects of demand for Quinoa o the Indigenous population of Bolivia, it did not juxtapose this with Vegan claims that veganism is the “only ethical choice” and that non-vegans are “just making excuses”, and generally are horrible people.
The Blythman article, however, makes that specific point in both the text and title. It was apparently galvanizing enough that the horrific shitshow that is PETA themselves decided response was necessary.
Fair Trade USA is also getting in on the action, feeling it necessary to stem the tide on what could mean a huge boycott of quinoa in the United States.
Many quinoa-lovers have hit the existential skids recently, thanks to a story in theGuardian about the supposedly negative effects of buying imported quinoa.
“The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it,” writes journalist Joanna Blythman.
This was one of several stories published in the last few years by the likes of NPR, the Associated Press, and the New York Times that draw attention to the negative aspects of the boom in world demand for quinoa. Some, like the Guardian, went to the extreme of guilt-tripping readers against buying it.
I’m really glad this conversation is happening, but I sure would have liked to see a sniff of the compensation others are receiving. Especially the one who’s getting her name dropped in several other articles that people wrote, who I also assume are being paid for their work.
fun facts: my bank account is currently -61.55.
That’s what I get for posting free research and content on my personal blog.