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The surprising effects of geography, climate, soils and more, on quinoa! Learn what defines the quality of your every day staple food.

The Year of Quinoa

By / January 30th, 2013

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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