[permaculture] The Extinction of Fruits and Vegetables in 80 Years

Lawrence London lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Wed May 20 11:55:19 EDT 2015


On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 9:34 AM, Georg Parlow <g.parlow at gmx.at> wrote:

> > If you were alive in 1903, you would have been able to choose from more
> > than 500 varieties of cabbage, 400 varieties of peas and tomatoes, and
> 285
> > varieties of cucumbers.
>
> While the erosion of genetic ressources in general and of vegetable
> varietis in particular is certainly a grave issue, the above sentence is
> propaganda misrepresentation. Back in 1903 these seed companies certainly
> were quite local or regional, and most people could propably only choose
> from less varieties than any gardener with internet today.
>
> Georg
>

You are right, it probably is propaganda and clickbait. More seeds are
available now by mail order
or private exchange but if you combined all the seed varieties available
from all the local sources
years ago and compared that with what is available now some serious
varietal losses would probably be evident.
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