A Lesson in Diversity - The Potato

Around 100 years ago there were hundreds of varieties of vegetable and fruit seed available to the farmer and home gardener. By 1983 those varieties had been reduced by more than a factor of 10. Or in the case of potatoes, by a factor of 1000…
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Crop Biodiversity: Use It or Lose It

Millions of dollars a year are spent on projects to protect endangered plants – ranging from giant California redwoods to the tiny Marsh Sandwort – but less is spent to protect plants used for food. As a result we fail to consider the importance of wild and domesticated food plants. Consumers in the developed world eat from a smaller and smaller selection of carefully bred and often genetically modified food crops.
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