Made In Bolivia: An Exploration of the ‘Quinoa Quandary’ From the Field to the Table

Posted April 18, 2013, at 10:46 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Orono Public Library, 39 Pine Street, Orono, Maine

For more information: Laurie Carpenter; 207-866-5060;

Orono Public Library will present the monthly Wednesday Wonders Program on April 24 at 12:30pm. Kate Kirby, an Orono native will show a preview of a feature length documentary premiering in May. This film seeks to provide an American audience with stories of Quinoa famers from the fields of Bolivia.

Quinoa. Quino-what? Celebrated as a nutritious staple for indigenous communities dwelling in the Andes Mountains, “Keen-wah” thrives in some of the harshest climates in the world. Oftentimes referred to as the “quinoa quandary,” evidence has shown that since becoming a major staple in the diet of first-world consumers, farmers in Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru and parts of Chile have been unable to afford this culturally significant and highly nutritious crop.

This March, Kindred Planet Productions (KPP), a team led by Kate Kirby, a first-time documentary filmmaker, traveled to Bolivia to explore the population’s complex relationship with quinoa, and how a rise in global demand for this crop has affected the dietary habits of growers.