Quinoa: North (demand) v. South (depletion) + Agro-Looters in Paradise
Another "globalization" (Agro-Looting) nightmare. This one hits very close to home, viz., my frequent bowls of quinoa at home, and my love for asparagus.
Because of the "Miracle Grain of the Andes'" huge success in the Northern Hemisphere, the price has tripled since 2006, and the Andean peasants who grow it cannot afford it anymore -- imported junk food is cheaper (and in Lima quinoa is more expensive than chicken). [Clearly, no part of the price inflation made its way into the farmers' pockets, as Rentier Managers (and their Corporate Personae) must be syphoning off the exploding riches enabled by demand dwarfing supply. Wouldn't there be a way to run this operation in a way that would keep prices low in Peru, and not destroy diverse local agriculture just to serve an international market?]
And with asparagus, Peru apparently has "cornered" world production, with the result that the water supply in the Ica region (already arid) has dried up (asparagi are apparently very thirsty little plants). And worse perhaps to come -- the Rentiers who control the production-to-distribution-chain are rubbing their grubby hands and considering wiping out farm land with diverse drop rotations and putting in an asparagus monoculture.
Awareness and grief = frequent partners.
So, do I stop eating quinoa and asparagus?