In February 2010, I received a phonecall from a chia seed grower, Mr. Marcelo Aspetty from Bolivia. He says he reads and enjoys my website and wanted to get in touch.
He represents a family farming company, GRANICORP, that grows chia seeds, along with corn, rice, and other cereals, near Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
In Bolivia, chia seed is planted in May and June, and is harvested in September.
Mr. Aspetty told me that his family produces nearly 200 metric tons of chia seed a year, and most of it is exported to Chile and Germany. He is asking my help in finding interested distributors in the U.S.
So Dear Reader, if you are in a position to import a ton of chia seed from Bolivia, here is who to contact!
Link to Granicorp info, More here.
You can help support our work here buy purchasing chia through our Amazon store! We earn about 3% on each sale. Thanks!!
You can buy them online, of course, but you might need to buy one faster than that. You'll need to go to a real store!
To find a nearby store that carries Chia Pets, go to this website.
Fill in your zipcode and the distance you can travel.
You'll get a list of nearby stores that usually have Chia Pets in stock!!
Good luck!! And Happy Holidays!
You really need to spend some time on Dr. Wayne Coates' website. He calls himself (rightly) "Mr. Chia" and he has done more than anyone to educate consumers about the benefits of chia seeds. He was recently asked about the difference between the two samples of chia seed pictured below.
The seed on the left is clearly inferior quality, contains many immature seeds (brown) and even the black seeds are a lighter color which is not normal. The seed on the right is much higher quality. So look at the seed you buy, brown is bad, white(cream) or black are good.
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Chia seeds are fast gaining popularity amongst athletes, nutritionists and other health-conscious people. With more and more studies underway, it might soon emerge as the next big superfood. While Chia seeds have been cultivated and consumed for thousands of years by early civilizations like the Aztecs, Mayas, and other Native American peoples, it has recently been re-discovered and is about to start a new food revolution.
This is not surprising, considering Chia seeds contain essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3s), fiber, calcium, antioxidants, iron, and many other nutrients. You may have noticed the many companies now offering this product but why not trust the one company that has been dealing with this tiny seed full of power for decades? You know this company well: Joseph Enterprises, the Makers of the Famous Chia Pet®, the pottery that grows! Joseph Enterprises has over three decades of experience in identifying, buying, cleaning, and packaging Chia seeds. Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia® Omega-3™ Chia Seeds are just the logical evolution into a product that can lead to the new food revolution!
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia® Omega-3™ Chia Seeds come in a 1-pound jar or as softgels, a dietary supplement. For more information and tasty Chia seed recipes visit http://www.chia.com. Look for Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia® in the name to ensure top quality and the highest level of nutrients! And what an abundance of nutrients there are: The excellent source of ALA Omega-3 promotes heart health, the fiber is for digestive health and calcium promotes strong bones.
Latest research of the NSRI (Nutritional Science Research Institute) shows Chia seeds are "the world's richest whole food source of omega 3 fatty acids, dietary fiber, calcium and antioxidants. These abundant nutrients support cardiovascular, digestive, bone, joint, neurological, visual and immune health."
Learn more about the benefits Chia seeds on http://www.chia.com.
Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia® Omega-3 Chia Seeds are sodium and gluten free and contain no cholesterol. The product is available now at Walgreens, CVS and Supervalu and online at http://www.chia.com
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SOURCE Joseph Enterprises
This message from Wayne Coates arrived in my inbox on Tuesday:
Former Arizona Chia customers
Here's the latest news on Bob Arnot's endorsement of Mila by Lifemax:
In the most recent edition of Men's Journal, Dr. Arnot reports:
"100 grams of salba will yield 70 percent of your daily requirement of calcium and 50 percent of your iron requirement. It also contains 10 times more magnesium than milk, 25 percent more fiber than flaxseed, twice the potassium of bananas, 30 percent more antioxidants than strawberries, and 50 percent more vegetable protein than soybeans. I eat it on a salad every day to control my weight; just 100 grams of chia is so filling that it quashes my hunger for hours. I was able to lose seven pounds in just a month by incorporating the grain into my diet — dropping me below 200 pounds for the first time since my 20s."
My friend, Dr. Wayne Coates, just told me that he has begun posting information about chia seeds on his new website: www.drcoateschia.com/
Dr. Coates is the world's leading authority on chia seeds. He's been doing research on chia seeds since 1991 and is the co-author of Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs, which, although somewhat academic, is the most thorough and accurate source of information about chia seeds.
Dr. Coates says that he is no longer affiliated with Lifemax.
If you are considering becoming a Lifemax distributor, you might want to see what Dr. Coates has to say about his dealings with Lifemax!! Apparently, Dr. Coates and his wife loaned Lifemax owners, Jim and Sherri Wear, a substantial sum of money so that they could buy their first batch of Mila, but now he is having trouble getting them to repay him.....
Dr. Coates mentions that Lifemax has hired Dr. Bob Arnot to replace him as Lifemax spokesman. Well FYI, Dr. Arnot knows so little about chia seeds that he had his assistant troll the web for information, and she wrote to me for help!!! I've copied our correspondence here. Download Arnot correspondence
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) May 15, 2010 -- In what could only be considered a suicidal company move, Lifemax, a network marketing company that sells one product, a chia product called "Mila The Miracle Seed", sealed their fate recently when they cut ties from the only guy in the company who knows how to produce the product. Dr. Wayne Coates.
Who is Dr. Wayne Coates? In the chia world, he's known as "Mr. Chia". Wayne Coates is a retired a research professor in the Office of Arid Lands Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson. Before his venture with Lifemax he used to run a successful chia company called "Arizona Chia". His extensive research on chia (http://eatchia.com) is unsurpassed & very well documented and in 2005 he co-authored a book with Richard Ayerza Jr. in 2005 titled "Chia: Rediscovering a Forgotten Crop of the Aztecs.
When Lifemax founders, Jim & Sherri Wear, met Dr. Coates in 2008 they apparently talked him into using network marketing to promote chia and Dr. Coates agreed. Now, after almost two years of working with Dr. Coates, they have traded him in for TV personality Dr. Bob Arnot (who, by the way, knows nothing about growing chia).
What's going on? Rumors abound, but recently Dr. Coates started twittering about a new website on the horizon with high quality chia seed at 1/5th the price of Lifemax's Mila. There's also mention of a touted "clinical study" that Lifemax might have defrauded Dr. Coates and both clientele & their own distributors with. A study that was conducted by a man, Howard Richman, who is currently serving time in a Federal Prison.
This should get very interesting. Run Dr.Bob, run while you still can.