“According to Indian crop ecologist Vandana Shiva, humans have eaten some 80,000 plant species in our history. After recent precipitous changes, three-quarters of all human food now comes from just eight species, with the field quickly narrowing down to genetically modified corn, soy, and canola.” ~Barbara Kingsolver: page 49 of her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. (and the next read for our April 16th meeting!)
The loss of agricultural (and general) biodiversity is one of the greatest environmental challenges we are currently facing.
To learn more, click here for a Ted Talk featuring Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
Click here for more information on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.