Photo Post // 16th February 2013 // 1,366 notes
“so, its no wonder that it *was* a primary staple of the *ancient* incas” (found this today at big lots)
In which living, breathing indigenous people, whos livelihood is currently in danger, (because of the elitist vegan high ass demand of their current food staple—which has driven prices skyhigh) are relegated to nonexistent relics.
See: @girljanitor’s brilliant post on bolivias dire economic/ecological quinoa situation. http://girljanitor.tumblr.com/post/35962522893/the-vegan-quinoa-superfood-demand-is-destroying
This is actually really important. I need to ask my fellow vegetarians to leave the quinoa alone. Indigenous people have already almost lost quinoa to the West once before when Cortez went and burned all the quinoa fields people heavily depended on. Let’s not do it again.
i really love quinoa so much but after reading an article similar to this back in december i bought my last bag and will not be purchasing it again. Maybe a small package of canadian grown now and again but yeah.
I really urge you to do the same if you are a consumer of quinoa. Think about how your actions can affect others. This grain, while delicious and nutritious, isn’t nearly as necessary for us as it is for them.