Monday, June 27, 2011

Agrodiversity Lost

Daniel Nichols posts a dramatic graphic on the "tremendous loss of diversity in the food supply in the last century, thanks to the triumph of hybrid varieties, bred often for high yields and ease in shipping rather than disease or drought resistance" — What’s Been Lost.

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Blogger love the girls said...

What I want to know is how many native varieties of sweet corn there were originally in the wild? Like one?

From which all those 'ancient varieties came from.

Cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower etc. all came from a single plant growing on the cliffs of Great Britain. But now I should bemoan the reduction from one to 28 types of cabbage?

It's one thing to validly complain about the new hybrids because they are bred to ship well and look good on display because doing so is not to treat them as food but as a salable commodity.

It's quite another to complain because there are no longer 544 varieties of cabbage when frankly the number is akin to modern supermarket displays of 544 varieties of vinegar or 544 varieties of whatever.

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