A great follow-up by Jennirific on the National Geographic Infographics I posted the last week. She (and I hope that they are she) really knows her stuff and she expands on the subject quite a bit. A very good read if you are interested in maintaining food and human culture in the long run.
We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme about Mary and her gardening prowess. What really made that garden grow though was diversity. In today’s plant kingdom, diversity is losing the war being constantly waged upon it. More and more we see that fields rolling with amber waves of grain, corn, or beans that have been planted from a relatively small and homogenized list of seeds available from catalogs or large distributors. This affects the whole scale of agriculture reaching from the large corporate owned farms to the backyard gardener. With so few options being utilized we’re giving up regionally-developed differences in plant DNA and losing out on what makes eating, and growing, local so unique.
“Why is where we buy our seeds an important topic? We eat and grow plenty of crops; I see everything in my grocery produce department. Isn’t that diversity?”
Some have asked me questions of this ilk…
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