Old Seeds, Future Green

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Those seeds are RELICS! Saved in the 1920s they are very different from today’s plants. Nowadays many crops are nearly unnatural and genetically engineered.

Fred Pearce of Yale Environment 360 examines what some people are doing to ensure that this doesn’t become the downfall of today’s agriculture. Take a look:

The world’s heritage of seed diversity is the product of thousands of years of experimental plant breeding by millions of farmers across the world. The crops that humanity has painstakingly bred from wild plants are the kernels of our civilization. When the first farmers planted the first crops 10,000 years ago, the planet could support just 5 million people. Today, thanks to seeds, it feeds 7 billion.

Our future harvests continue to depend on this heritage because the genes found in millions of crop varieties contain vital traits that plant breeders need to improve modern varieties, raising yield, protecting them against new diseases, and adapting them to climate change.

When it comes to being green, we can learn A LOT from the past.

Our ancestors DIDN’T use genetically altered seeds or harsh chemical fertilizers. Nope, they just used things like good old-fashioned garbage! Check out: McKean County Biodynamics.

Via TreeHugger.

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