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Puente Celebrates its 10th Year of Making Differences

Kate Seely and Katherine Lorenz, two young American philanthropists who were fascinated by the nutritional value and economic potential of amaranth, founded Puente in 2003 in Oaxaca, Mexico.

In late 2012, Forbes named Katherine as “an up-and-coming face in philanthropy.”

It’s easy to see why. Some solutions to hunger are so easy to understand and so straight-forward that they make sense instantly. amaranth1Please take a look at the videos on the Puente site they tell the stories from the farmers perstpective.  Here’s the link: in celebration of its 10th anniversary, Puente created a 4-minute video that communicates Puente’s special story (http://www.puentemexico.org/index.php/multi-media).

I’ve eaten this ancient grain in cereal, and it can easily be added to the cereal you currently eat. The composition of amaranth makes it easy to realize that this plant is a life-saver in poor villages, and a health booster all over the world.

The importance of Amaranth is highlighted in recent stories and broadcasts. Michele Maisto wrote a healthy article on the “Aztec Superfood” way back in ’11.  The crop is gluten-free and nutritious with extremely high values of the essential amino acid lysine — and amaranth contains significantly more calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, and protein than common cereals like oats, rice, sorghum, wheat, and rye.

This wholesale effort was kicked off by Kate and Katherine ten years ago when they founded Puente in 2003. Their participatory community intervention model for food sovereignty and sustainability is helping to make amaranth the “crop of now.”

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