From little things…

8_quinoaQuinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is a small grain which is gaining international attention due to its high protein content and potential role in achieving the Millennium Development Goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.  So much so that 2013 has been declared the International Year of Quinoa by the United Nations.

“I hope this International Year will be a catalyst for learning about the potential of quinoa for food and nutrition security, for reducing poverty – especially among the world’s small farmers – and for environmentally sustainable agriculture,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

UN officials hope to raise awareness of the nutritional, economic, environmental and cultural value of the super food that has been traditionally cultivated for thousands of years by Andean peoples.

“Many nations in South America are making strong progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goal by increasing food production, reducing poverty and increasing access to nutritious food like quinoa.”

Bolivia and Peru account for more than half of the annual 70,000 tons of quinoa produced, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

There is concern that the global demand for it is pushing up prices so that the people who grow it can no longer afford it. Kindred Organics in Tasmania has started producing it locally.

To celebrate World Environment Day on 5 June a new worship resource is now available which focuses on food and sustainability. Contact Cath James on 03 9251 5279 or cath.james@victas.uca.org.au For recipes go to : http://www.kindredorganics.com.au/

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