Amaranth news 2013

Amaranth isn’t just another weed — here’s how to cook this prolific leafy green

Farmers have always appreciated amaranth’s ability to grow on parched soil. Its resilience also makes it one of the most common summer weeds — it’s among the first to grow between crops, in vegetable gardens, and on fields.

Two Friends Help Fight Hunger in Mexico

Although Katherine Lorenz and Kate Seely are only in their early 30s and they are celebrating the 10th anniversary of (Bridge to Community Health), a nonprofit they founded to fight malnutrition in Oaxaca, one of Mexico’s poorest regions.

Researcher Calls For Global Food Security

Clemson University population genetics researcher Amy Lawton-Rauh is among the scientists in the commentary urging that time is running out to meet food security goals. Food production must double in the next 25 years, yet it took 20 years and 34,000 attempts to produce one new rice variety, according to the authors. 

Lawton-Rauh is a co-author of Agriculture: Feeding the Future and is one of 49 authors of the commentary from across the globe led by principal writer Susan McCouch of Cornell University. Lawton-Rauh studies rice and amaranth species — perennials considered devastating weeds and sometimes underutilized crops by U.S. farmers, but important foods in other cultures. July 3 2013

Gardenista Magazine August 31 2013 says "A new ancient grain is edging out quinoa as a life-extending superfood: amaranth

Quinoa vs. Amaranth: What’s Your Pick?

The article 'Amaranth: Another Ancient Wonder Food, But Who Will Eat It?' by Brian Clark Howard has been published in National Geographic today 12 August 2013 and is available online.

A snippet: "There are around 60 different species of amaranth, and a few of them are native to Mesoamerica. For the last decade, the Oaxaca-based advocacy group Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (Bridge to Community Health) has been working to promote the plant's virtues.

Pete Noll, the group's executive director, argues that his work couldn't come at a more important time. In July, the United Nations announced that Mexico had overtaken the United States as the world's most obese country. According to the report, 32.8 percent of Mexican adults are obese, compared with 31.8 percent of American adults."

The Amaranth Institute in the news in The Tarttan - Carnegie Mellon's Student Newspaper

Researchers utilize engineering to combat world hunger

The amaranth industry in North America received a fantastic boost thanks to the efforts of the Mexico-based NGO, Puente a la Salud Comunitaria. To celebrate World Food Day 2010, Puente organized Amaranth Day in the Mixteca region of the southern state of Oaxaca. Their distinguished guests included the Canadian Ambassador to Mexico, Guillermo Rishchynski, and Jesús León Santos, winner of the Goldman Prize for the Environment in 2008.

Frontpage news coverage of Amaranth Day in OaxacaFurther coverage

Making the delicious Mexican speciality dish, mole, from amaranth. The NGO Puente a la salud comunitaria once again in the news in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Un mole de amaranto

"Rethinking a weed: the truth about amaranth". A comprehensive essay on the history and qualities of amaranth by Willem Malten.

OurWorld 2.0/UN University feature

AMARANTH:FUTURE-FOOD is a 40-month project involving a total of 11 participants distributed between three European countries and three Latin American countries.


Brian Moore's amaranthus australis was recently profiled for being the largest of its species ever grown.

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