Quinoa in Peru increasingly only for the wealthy

Quinoa was once a staple food for ancient civilizations in the Andes and other parts of South America.

Today the highly nutritious plant is a popular choice around the world, including in Australia.

However, growing international demand has led to the price of quinoa in Peru nearly doubling in the last year.

Peru’s farmers are profiting from quinoa’s heightened popularity, but poorer Peruvians in cities are increasingly unable to afford to eat what was once in cheap, plentiful supply.

Aid organisations say this is leading to malnutrition and other problems in the local population.

 

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Brianna Piazza

Journalist and travel writer.

www.briannapiazza.com
@BriannaPiazza

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