Research on Quinoa

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Background Quinoa is a grain-like crop but not a member of the grass family, instead, it is part of the chenopods, beets, spinach, and tumbleweeds. The word comes from the Spanish spelling of the Quechua Indian (South America) name of kinwa, and it originated in the Andean regions of Ecuador, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. It was not until 3-4,000 years ago, however, that it was domesticated for human consumption, but some evidence shows that it was non-domesticated but associated with pastoral herding as far back as 7,000 years ago (Kolata, 2006). Sometimes, simple things have a major impact on the future of humanity and the concept of civilization. This view holds that human history did not evolve in a vacuum, the conquest of the New World was not because of a better civilization, or that certain countries developed in differing capacities. Instead, it is smaller things like the domestication of certain animals combined with climate that aided Europeans to develop steel and other technologies. Similarly, a plant such as quinoa coexists with humans in an interdisciplinary way; humans select the best plants from which to retain seed, those plants, in turn produce, and so on. In addition, certain plants (potato, corn, quinoa, etc.) change the face of history because they allow development where none might have existed (Ellis, 2005) History and Culture - The plants were indigenous to the Andean Plains, and related to a species that is also found in Mexico. It was probably

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