Spit Out That Quinoa Muffin, Hipster!

Sunili Govinnage has some bad news for the foodies:

If you haven’t seen any listicles setting out the hundreds of ways coconut oil can improve your life yet, you probably need to check your internet connection.

The substance that South Asians, Southeast Asians and Islander people have been using for cooking, health and cosmetic purposes since way before Christopher Columbus went the wrong way to visit them has well and truly been Columbused (the term is used to describe white people discovering things that everyone else already knew about.)

Which is a good thing, no, given they can then sell for a higher price on the global market?

However, unlike the cultural appropriation of music, dance moves, yoga or tribal headdresses, the effect of certain staple crops becoming best sellers in the global north hits right in the guts.

Ah. OK. Maybe not…

The impact of the trendiness of quinoa, for example, is now well-known. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken.

Hipsters! You’re starving the Third World!

Buying products like quinoa, coconut oil or taff isn’t necessarily a bad thing if they are sourced from ethical producers and the profits stay with the communities that discovered them in the first place.

If those profits ‘stay with the communities’, what incentive does any First World company have to come and buy/grow them?

Tell you what, Sunili, you can keep your quinoa & we’ll just eat chicken in the West. OK?

8 comments for “Spit Out That Quinoa Muffin, Hipster!

  1. Voice of Reason
    October 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    But quinoa is easy to grow in temperate zones.

    • October 5, 2014 at 6:37 am

      I’m surprised you can’t get an EU grant for it!

  2. Furor Teutonicus
    October 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    XX Imported junk food is cheaper. XX

    So? You are getting fed, and cheaper…. what is the problem here?

  3. October 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Oh dear another liberal leftie with her ethnic knickers in a knot over nothing.
    Funny I have never read about Quinoa or coconuts but my internet is fine, however I don’t go looking for or trying to create bother where there is none unlike Sunili.

  4. Twenty_Rothmans
    October 2, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    Snivelling Sunili Govinnage might want to consider:
    “white people discovering things that everyone else already knew about”

    Famine, disease, subjugation and rape of women?

    Or how about those white man’s spectacles she’s wearing? Or the white man’s printing presses that pump out her shit?

  5. October 4, 2014 at 4:14 am

    All these super-healthy people scattered across the world, all scoffing superfoods morn, noon and night. How come they die a lot earlier than us?

    • October 5, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Good question!

  6. Twenty_Rothmans
    October 4, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    @Amfortas
    I don’t know, but more foreign aid from those stupid whites might help.

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