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Breaking news: Bolivia offers Cañahua as the new Quinoa!

EFE reports via AlDia News:

Is Cañahua the new Quinoa?

Cañahua, a little-known Andean grain that has a higher nutritional value than quinoa, is being introduced to the international market by Bolivia.

Cañahua, a little-known Andean grain that has a higher nutritional value than quinoa, is being introduced to the international market by Bolivia.

“Cañahua is a golden grain in terms of nutritional value. I think it’s more exquisite than quinoa in this sense and also in terms of production, since this grain can withstand climate change,” Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) specialist Mario Vargas said.

The grain, which is loaded with antioxidants, calcium and iron, among other nutrients, is grown organically in Bolivia by Indian farmers.

NASA is looking at cañahua as a food for astronauts and producers are now targeting the international gourment market.

Farmers, chefs and representatives of the non-governmental organization Innovare e Hivos promoted the grain during a conference last week at the Manq’a culinary institute in El Alto, a city outside La Paz.

Cañahua is also grown in Chile, Ecuador and Peru, where it has proven resistant to drought and floods, making it a viable option for guaranteeing food security.

http://aldianews.com/articles/culture/ca-ahua-new-quinoa/49937

Bolivian Thoughts opinion: Like cañahua and quinoa [quinua], Bolivia has great biodiversity, our country’s location has been blessed as many important food to the world came from here: peanuts, potatoes, cañahua, quinua are examples of what is indigenous to our beautiful Bolivia, which is another compelling reason why we must protect our National Parks like Madidi and TIPNIS, the human race may need our natural resources to survive!

We must protect our biodiversity despite the delusional and irresponsible fixation of the coca grower caudillo who is the actual president of our country!