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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.

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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?

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.

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.

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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!

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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

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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