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The Andes’ new cash crop: Quinoa selection

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May 10, 2012

Don’t call it a grain A FEW decades ago Peruvians looked down on quinoa, a fixture of Andean diets for centuries, as food for the poorest of the poor—when it was not being fed to chickens. Evo Morales, Bolivia’s first indigenous president, declared 2012 the “year of quinoa” to reverse discrimination against “Indian” foods.Yet this protein-rich chenopod, a member of the spinach family, no longer needs Mr Morales’s help. Thanks to a... full story

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