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The Vegan Quinoa “Superfood” Demand is Destroying Bolivia


I actually kind of felt like this deserved a post on its own because I think not many people realize that the demand for quinoa, which provides a ridiculously expensive source of all the essential amino acids and central to the “new” vegan diet, is causing near anarchy in Bolivia as the prices get driven up and up.

According to one farmer quoted in the story, “Quinoa was always comida para los Indios [food for Indians.] Today it’s food for the world’s richest.”

Fights over territory previously considered worthless is now being fought over as prime land for growing the new cash crop, and have resulted in kidnappings, injuries, and bombings.

It’s also destroying the environment, since everyone is selling their llamas and planting quinoa instead, which is stripping the soil from overfarming and lack of llama poop for fertilizer.

I’m sick and tired of vegans claiming that their food exists in a vacuum. I mean, are these people THIS far removed from understanding that we all exist in nature? That your stupid fucking quinoa, your excuse to be more militant than ever, more elitist than ever, demanding everyone adhere to your dubious moral convictions, is destroying a country’s economy AND ecosystem? Because of a sudden, insatiable demand for their Indigenous peoples’ food?

Half the world’s quinoa supply is grown in Bolivia.

Posted on 6 February, 2013
Reblogged from spookyfluffaloforbossofmybutt  Source a-spoon-is-born

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    Lol. Because vegans are the only people who eat quinoa. And the fact that only 2% of the world population is vegan. I...
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    Bloody hell. Everyone needs to take a macroeconomics class, or something, during compulsory schooling, just for ish like...
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    You’re such a nerd. Who ever wrote this article is a nerd. Quinoa isn’t “vegan” food. Quinoa is a healthy food that rich...
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    Oh boy. Less than 2% of the world is vegan, yet you’re going to try to pin a huge issue like this on us? Nonvegans...

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