This is an interesting tidbit of news I ran across over break – and timely since Latin America will be our last global rotation this year.
2013 is the International Year of the Quinoa with the slogan “Un futuro sembrado hace miles de años.” The goal is to promote this ancient crop’s ability to provide better food security.
Here’s the UN FAO’s page about it: http://www.rlc.fao.org/en/about-fao/iyq-2012/
This topic connects with a number of issue related to global citizenship, including:
- food security
- agricultural policy
- commodity trade
- the history of Spanish colonialism in Latin America
- the role of food in religion
- crop patents and land disputes
- the environmental, economic, and social pros and cons related to a skyrocketing commodity
- and nutrition (Quinoa is the only plant food that contains all the essential amino acids, trace elements and vitamins and contains no gluten)
A related technical report is available for free download.