A study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International found evidence that we are losing diversity in our fruit and vegetable crops. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct.
Mother Nature knows the key to a resilient food system is diversity. Certainly we need more up to date information but to me it's a reminder to buy local and educate ourselves to the rich texture of flavors and colors found in the multitude of heirloom crops we have have here in Michigan.
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