09 Jul '11, 1pm

Bolivia Fights Food Shortages By Investing Big Bucks in Non-GMO Seeds

Bolivia Fights Food Shortages By Investing Big Bucks in Non-GMO Seeds

Quinoa has been one of the healthiest foods to hit the U.S. since acai and goji berries. We love the stuff and with good reason. Quinoa is a complete protein and can substitute for less sustainable proteins. Quinoa is high in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc. But undoubtedly, its popularity abroad has brought on problems for its native country , Bolivia. Bolivians, like other third world nations, are replacing healthy indigenous foods with processed junk food because of price and availability. Bolivia’s consumption of the staple fell 34 percent, according to the country’s agricultural ministry. Its exportation has caused a price hike that many Bolivians just can't keep up with any longer. In response to food shortages, a new law signed by Bolivian president Evo Morales will provide non-gmo seeds to small scale farmers in an effor...

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