42. Quinoa – is the United Nations’ featured crop of 2013 bad for biodiversity?

  title={42. Quinoa – is the United Nations’ featured crop of 2013 bad for biodiversity?},
  author={Ernest Small},
  pages={169 - 179}
  • E. Small
  • Published 1 September 2013
  • Geography
  • Biodiversity
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa), an ancient staple grain crop of subsistence farmers in the highlands of South America, has recently become a premium-priced gourmet specialty of the world’s affluent. B... 
Quinoa: Catalyst or Catastrophe?
Quinoa is a grain-like crop that is rich in protein and minerals; its ability to grow on marginal soils improves its attractiveness as a potential solution to hunger in many areas. Primarily adapted
Introducing quinoa in Turkey - farmers perception in the region of Adana
Abstract                                                         To look for a more diverse and sustainable cropping system with high value crops in the Mediterranean region of Turkey, the drought
Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.): An Overview of the Potentials of the “Golden Grain” and Socio-Economic and Environmental Aspects of Its Cultivation and Marketization
This review sheds light on how traditional quinoa processing and products evolved and are being adopted into novel food processing and modern food products, as well as noting the potential of side stream processing of quinoa by-products in various industrial sectors.
Contesting Blossoming Treasures of Biodiversity article 42: ‘Quinoa – is the United Nation’s featured crop of 2013 bad for biodiversity?’ – Quinoa, a model crop to examine the dynamics of biodiversity within agricultural systems
While well written, Ernest Small’s paper (featured in issue 14.3 of Biodiversity – a Journal of Life on Earth) contains a number of imprecisions which hinder understanding of the actual context of
Innovations in Health Value and Functional Food Development of Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.).
Vast challenges and opportunities remain within the scientific, agricultural, and development sectors to optimize quinoa's role in the promotion of global human health and nutrition.
Quinoa – a Model Crop for Understanding Salt-tolerance Mechanisms in Halophytes
This review summarizes current knowledge of genotype-dependent variability in salinity responses and adaptive salt-tolerance mechanisms in quinoa, including anatomical features and physiological aspects, such as osmotic adjustment through accumulation of ions, osmoprotectants, and sodium loading, transport, and storage.
Germination Responses of Cañahua (Chenopodium pallidicaule Aellen) to Temperature and Sowing Depth: A Crop Growing Under Extreme Conditions
At 5 °C, seedlings of canahua belonging to the Lasta growth habit form did have higher germination rate as were shown for the Kullaca cultivar and the Umacutama landrace, which may be attributed to larger seed size of these cultivars.
What Is a Superfood Anyway? Six Key Ingredients for Making a Food “Super”
Examination of content and discourse analyses on global English-speaking news media revealed a total of 217 foods were considered superfoods, and were linked to 71 conditions, that primarily emphasize the ability of individuals to optimize their health by preventing possible future illness.
Saltmed Model Performance for Quinoa Irrigated with Fresh and Saline Water in a Mediterranean Environment
The SALTMED model performance was evaluated by comparing the simulated and measured soil water content, biomass and grain yield data of quinoa grown in a Mediterranean climate under various
Effects of Different Salt Concentrations on Quinoa Seedling Quality
The experiment designed a completely randomized experimental design was carried out Adnan Menderes University, Agriculture Faculties greenhouse. Quinoa variety candidate named “Saponinsiz” is used


The Situation for Quinoa and Its Production in Southern Bolivia: From Economic Success to Environmental Disaster
In Bolivia, one of the world’s most important centres of plant domestication, there is growing awareness of the value of native Andean crops, both for domestic consumption and for market sale –
What is Wrong With the Sustainability of Quinoa Production in Southern Bolivia – A Reply to Winkel et al. (2012)
Winkel et al. (2012) have written a note called ‘The sustainability of quinoa production in southern Bolivia: from misrepresentations to dubious solutions. A reply to S. Jacobsen’, which is arguing
The Worldwide Potential for Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoaWilld.)
Quinoa has a significant, worldwide potential as a new cultivated crop species and as an imported commodity from South America and in developing countries of Africa and Asia, quinoa may be a crop able to provide highly nutritious food under dry conditions.
Implications of farmers’ seed exchanges for on-farm conservation of quinoa, as revealed by its genetic diversity in Chile
SUMMARY Quinoa cultivation in Chile presents an ancient and active complex of geographic, climatic, social and cultural interactions that has determined its current biodiversity in the three main
Genetic structure in cultivated quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.), a reflection of landscape structure in Northwest Argentina
Results showed a great level of genetic diversity, differing from previous reports about the geographical distribution of quinoa variability, and an eastward decreasing genetic diversity gradient was found.
Nutrition facts and functional potential of quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa willd.), an ancient Andean grain: a review.
The quinoa is an excellent example of 'functional food' that aims at lowering the risk of various diseases and it is a promising worldwide cultivar for human consumption and nutrition.
The Sustainability of Quinoa Production in Southern Bolivia: from Misrepresentations to Questionable Solutions. Comments on Jacobsen (2011, J. Agron. Crop Sci. 197: 390–399)
It is concluded that, rather than reinforced agro-technical controls on local farmers, the rising competition in the international quinoa market requires a shift towards an ethical economy and ethical research cooperation with quinoa producers.
Quinua and Relatives (Chenopodium sect.Chenopodium subsect.Celluloid)
Comparative analysis of leaf morphology and allozyme frequencies have demonstrated that Andean populations, both domesticated and free-living, represent an exceptionally homogeneous unit that is well differentiated from allied domesticates of coastal Chile(quingua) and freeliving populations of the Argentine lowlands (ajara).
The Global Potential for Quinoa and Other Andean Crops
The challenge to enhancing use of these crops will be to find the most adequate forms to use and improve, without negatively altering their flavor, color, and texture characteristics.
The construction of an alternative quinoa economy: balancing solidarity, household needs, and profit in San Agustín, Bolivia
Quinoa farmers in San Agustín, Bolivia face the dilemma of producing for a growing international market while defending their community interests and resources, meeting their basic household needs,