Brightly colored and bursting with nutrients, the quinoa plant attracts its share of predators. Mice, rabbits, butterflies and birds can take their toll along its life cycle. Over eons, quinoa has developed defenses, especially saponin, the bitter outer casing that protects the seeds through ripening, repelling every natural intruder except the occasional starving ostrich. Increasingly, the true quinoa of the Andes confronts new enemies with names that include chemical fertilization, genetic modification, global commoditization and grower exploitation. Companies such as Andean Naturals, our business partners and concerned consumers are joining hands in support of all that is organic, sustainable and fair.
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