Quinoa consumption is booming in the United States and Europe. Between 2013 and 2019, leading exporter Peru saw its sales jump from less than 20 million to almost 50 million kilograms. Given quinoa's high nutritional value, US and European consumers believe the native Andean seed is a superfood. Its Indigenous origins only add to the appeal. Reporters and scholars dispute whether the quinoa boom has benefited or harmed Andean peasant producers. Quinoa: Food Politics and Agrarian Life in the Andean Highlands does not provide a definitive answer but rather adds further complexity about the effects on peasant producers and their responses.

The book is divided into two parts. The first section (chapters 1–3) deals with agrarian reform, infrastructure, and development projects, and barely discusses quinoa. The same is true for chapter 7 in the second section, which addresses mining. The remaining three chapters focus on quinoa: chapter 4 is about...

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