Move Over Quinoa, It’s Teff’s Turn

argylesock says… Teff (Eragrostis tef) is a neglected crop which might be the nest big thing. Here’s an article about the nutritional and health aspects of teff.

It’s a cereal, not a pseudocereal. But as the Guardian writers point out, the recent history of the pseudocereal quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) provides a cautionary tale. Smallholders can be robbed of their food sovereignty.

Global Food Politics

 

An interesting story in The Guardian this week argues that teff—an ancient Ethiopian grain—is poised to be the next global super grain. Teff is rich in calcium, iron, and protein. It’s gluten-free, and makes an outstanding substitute for wheat flouwer in most baked goods. And it’s an Ethiopian staple, most often ground into flour to make injera, large spongy, fermented pancakes used to scoop up stews (called wots).

The Ethiopian government is excited to raise the profile of teff. Classified as a least-developed country and with an annual gross domestic product of about $470 per capita, the government hopes that increased global demand for teff could provide some relief to Ethiopian farmers who produce the vast majority of the world’s teff supply. But as the experiences of Bolivia and Peru (and the case of quinoa) suggest, increasingly popular stables in global markets can disrupt local production…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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One Response to Move Over Quinoa, It’s Teff’s Turn

  1. Daniel Digby says:

    Interesting article.

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