Alter EcoNourishing Foodie, Farmer and Field

Royal Pearl Quinoa The surprising effects of geography, climate, soils and more, on quinoa! Learn what defines the quality of your every day staple food.
IMG_1358 When it comes to sustainability...we're serious. Curious to see how we're reducing our impact in something as simple as packaging? Click here to learn about the first Home Compostable packaging in North America, and what that means for you!
IMG_5586 The undeniable great flavors and quality of our chocolates are primarily due to the uniqueness of the cacao beans grown in Peru and Ecuador, as well as the hard work of our Swiss chocolatiers who have mastered the art of crafting the most delectable bars. So, how can a global brand such as Alter Eco attest to having a sustainable and low impact on our planet?
Whether it be to visit our partner producers in Bolivia or to team up with a local non-profits, we find ourselves all over the world learning about local communities, language and most of all...food. We feel it is important to share that with you, as part of our community.

Interview in Peru

By antoine / February 12th, 2013

IMG_6155 Answers to the questions YOU asked for our most recent trip to one of our cacao cooperatives, Acopagro, in Peru. Read more from the perspective of Maria del Pilar Castillo...

The Year of Quinoa

By Kelsey / January 30th, 2013

anapqui1 035 The United Nations officially announced 2013 as the Year of Quinoa to celebrate the ability it has to help eradicate poverty and protect food sovereignty. Read more!
Bolivia_AlterEco In lieu of recent negative light being shed on quinoa farming and high western demands, Alter Eco wants to acknowledge the full effect of increasing demands on the farmers lives and highlight the benefits of a sustainable, direct relationship with the producers.
Acopagro Here's to 2012! Read more about what we were able to accomplish thanks to you, our amazing supporters!
Scenic Red Quinoa - Bolivia - Alter Eco © This blog post is an account of what our company, through our co-founder and COO Edouard Rollet, has seen and experienced of the situation in Bolivia regarding quinoa cultivation, as an answer to recent negative articles about this issue.
Alter Eco Rice With recent inquiries regarding levels of arsenic in rice, our Director of Operations has written out a few important details about where Alter Eco stands.

Tagged With: arsenic , health , organic , Rice

Reforestation in Peru

By antoine / December 12th, 2012

IMG_5653 A memorable trip to one of Alter Eco’s wonderful partner cooperatives, Acopagro, brought many stories and experiences back with the team to San Francisco. Team members visited the co-operative this year not only out of routine check-ins and visitation with the farmers, but also to contribute to the reforestation project with Pur Projet.

Ready, Set, Bake!

By Kelsey / December 12th, 2012

8260320430_6c0bb2b4be_b Learn about our recent partnership with Tartine Bakery and Sprouts Cooking Club in order to raise money for kids to take a culinary immersion trip to France in 2013!

Thanksgiving Challenge

By Kelsey / November 20th, 2012

It’s that time of year to take the extra step to give thanks to those we love. This year, we encourage you to take an extra leap to extend that thankfulness and love from your backyard all the way to the fields where your delicious food is grown. Share how you are giving thanks this year with us at Alter Eco and win a prize of up to $150!

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Non-GMO Verified

By Edouard / October 23rd, 2012

No-GMOs Alter Eco has always chosen the highest quality, sustainable ingredients for its consumers. We believe that GMOs are not compatible with our vision of quality or respect of the environment and producers. According to the Non-GMO Project, “Over 80 percent of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides, like Roundup, has increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced.”
Teens Turning Green Take a look at how we're getting ready to go back to school, including hanging out with Teens Going Green and learning about green dorm living, upcoming back to school events in Berkeleyl and all the best products we love to kick the school year off with all shades of GREEN!

Tagged With: alter eco , back to school , fall , green

Nurtrional Benefits of Quinoa Consumers are curious about quinoa and a bit confused about how it’s prepared. After all, many have only recently learned how to pronounce the word (KEEN-wah) for what is fast becoming known as one of the world’s healthiest and, as it turns out, simple-to-prepare foods.
Bolivian Market - Alter Eco © In March I traveled to Bolivia to visit our partner cooperative ANAPQUI, as I do every year. Besides their amazing ability to grow and cultivate something in such a desolate landscape, I am always fascinated how our friends lives on the Altiplano revolve around this resilient seed, and how they incorporate it in their daily diets! -Edouard

Tagged With: Bolivia , Fair Trade , Quinoa

VIDEO: the Acterra staff takes the time to compile a video showing exactly why we were chosen for their Environmental Sustainability Award. We are beyond honored for this recognition!
L. Hunter Lovins - Alter Eco © Last night, Alter Eco was honored to receive the Acterra’s 2012 Business Environmental Award in the category of Small Business for its commitment to small-scale farmers and to sustainable and fair trade practices.
Recently, adding to the confusion on the global impact of quinoa, TIME Magazine wrote an article similar in style and form to the New York Times' "Quinoa Quandary." Let me take some time to answer some of the claims that it brings up, based on our long time experience working with Bolivianos

Tagged With: article , Bolivia , impact , News , Quinoa , Superfood , TIME

Jasmine Rice Farmer in Field - Thailand - Alter Eco © I just came back from a trip to visit our friends at the Rice Fund Surin co-op in Thailand where our delicious Hom Mali Jasmine Rice, Purple and Ruby Red Rice are produced. I travelled with Justin Murphy (pictured right) from the Tidal Creek Co-op in Wilmington, NC. Last year, Justin won a Trip-to-Thailand contest that Alter Eco put together with the NCGA (Natural Cooperative Grocers Association), a group that represents 130 local co-ops here in the US. We were thrilled to travel with a representative from one of the stores supporting Alter Eco products in the United States in a true co-op to co-op experience.

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Since the New York Times wrote their article on the rise of popularity of quinoa and its affect on the native population, many customers and retailers have come to us asking us about our reaction and the validity of the claims. While we are thankful for the attention being paid to the region and the local people's struggle (after all, that is inevitably what we try to do), we do feel that they take an angle that does not take into account many important factors, particularly the aspect of fair trade. Based off of the knowledge and experience we've gathered from our 14 years of working closely with Bolivian quinoa farmers, let me take some time to answer some of these questions and claims

Tagged With: global , New York Times , Quandary , Quinoa