Cheap Peruvian quinoa challenging Bolivian domination of market for the Andean 'superfood'

November 22, 2014 4:00 AM

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Cheap Peruvian quinoa challenging Bolivian domination of market for the Andean 'superfood'

In this Nov. 7, 2014 photo, a man holds Peruvian quinoa, part of 23 metric tons to be burned in Guaqui, Bolivia. International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that’s fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean “superfood.” As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed quinoa, the grain is increasingly being smuggled into landlocked Bolivia to be mixed with, and sometimes sold as, organic quinoa _ Bolivia’s specialty, growers and government officials say. (AP Photo/Juan Karita) (The Associated Press)

In this Feb. 14, 2014 photo, Bolivian farmer harvests organic quinoa in his fields in Puerto Perez, Bolivia. A commercial feud between Bolivian and Peruvian quinoa farmers pits traditional organic growers mostly in Bolivia’s semi-arid highlands against modern Peruvian agribusinesses that include hea...

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