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The truth of the matter is that this isn't an article informing anyone about an issue. This is an article to catch vegans out. This is a piece to attempt to punch holes in ethical veganism. No doubt a few people will latch onto it and think "yeah, vegans aren't so great after all." To them I will say this: Veganism isn't about being perfect. It's about doing less harm. It's about compassion. It's about doing the best we can for ourselves, everyone we share the planet with (humans and nonhumans) and for the planet itself. As we learn we adjust more behaviors as we can in the best way we can.
What should we do about the quinoa issue? I don't really know but I have some thoughts and they aren't particularly complicated ones that I'm sure anyone can come up with but no doubt people with more money and monetary interests will say that it is more complicated than this. Anyway, start by buying fair-trade and organic. If you must buy quinoa these are ways to at least do what you can to ensure the growers are properly compensated for their crops. Shouldn't we expect and hold our governments accountable to take care of their people? Shouldn't some of a country's crops be held back locally for the local population? it may be a simplistic view but I find it just ridiculous that farming communities are reduced to hot dogs and ho-hos. No I don't find it ridiculous, I find it bull shit. But then I find poverty bull shit. There is no reason that it needs to continue except greed and cultivated apathy. That's another rant for another day.