Quinoa's popularity is hurting the people of its native origin

Often, when we think of protein consumption we think of animal products. A article in The New York Times, explores the cost of quinoa consumption in first world countries and how it affects the local consumption of quinoa in its native lands, such as Bolivia. Quinoa is a grain that has a balance of amino acids that is unrivaled by very many other food sources. The price of the grain has risen so much as to not and is no longer affordable for the cultures it's indigenous to. The cost of this protein goes deeper then the price. This grain is essential to the people and especially the children's health and well-being. Without quinoa as part of their diet the younger generation is getting used to replacing it with rice or noodles which nutrition profile do not begin to compare to that of quinoa.

Read more here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/20/world/americas/20bolivia.html?_r=0