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Biodiversity and Indigenous Crops to Feed the World

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Biotech companies talk a lot about how they're going to "feed the world." You know, with breakthroughs like apples that don't brown as quickly as other apples. While we could talk all day about the issues with GMO crops, one of the biggest threats they-->


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Kathy B (106)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 11:52 am
Biotech companies talk a lot about how they’re going to “feed the world.” You know, with breakthroughs like apples that don’t brown as quickly as other apples. While we could talk all day about the issues with GMO crops, one of the biggest threats they pose to food security is a reduction in biodiversity. When farmers plant GMO corn for example, they’re planting row after row of the same type of corn.

Really, you could say this about a lot of industrial agriculture. The food biodiversity loss since the turn of last century is staggering, and it’s putting our food supply in danger.

Over at our sister site Ecopreneurist, Derek Markham shared an excellent video from Food Tank that goes into why biodiversity is so important and how planting indigenous crops is vital to the future of our food supply. It’s definitely worth a watch. Check out the video and a brief description below!

“Potatoes may seem fairly humble, but there are more than 4,500 species of potato in the world. Likewise, there are at least 1,000 pepper plant varieties, 7,500 tomato species, and 7,500 known apple varieties worldwide.

However, the incredible variety of the planet’s plant life is disappearing. The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that approximately 75 percent of the Earth’s plant genetic resources are now extinct. Another third of plant biodiversity is expected to disappear by 2050. This is no small problem – humans eat biological diversity.

Unfortunately, most investment in agriculture is for crops such as wheat, rice, and maize, rather than more nutritious foods–and this focus has had devastating consequences. Global obesity rates have doubled over the last 30 years, increasing the risk of diet-related illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease in industrialized and developing countries alike.

But many indigenous crops can be environmentally sustainable, improve food security, help prevent malnutrition, and increase incomes.”

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 3:55 pm
a great post Kathy Thank you

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:04 am
noted,shared on fb, twitter & google

penny C (83)
Monday February 24, 2014, 6:45 pm
Thanks Kathy.
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