There are many cultures around the globe that still rely on foods as they come and go with the seasons. In the U.S. we have the commodity of having all of our fruits and vegetables available to us despite what season it is or what region of the world we lie in.  Food can be shipped in from anywhere and while it is very convenient there is a sacrifice, in the flavor, freshness and in the natural cycle of things.

This article discusses the food diversity of India based on regions of the country. It goes farther than just vegetables saying that while in certain areas of India the people are strict vegetarians, usually influenced by religion, up north rely’s heavily on meat consumption due to certain animals that move through the area.

http://www.food-india.com/indianCuisine/1001_1050/1003_food_tour_india.htm

This short brings up that they have created a new index for healthy and diverse food consumption. The index takes into account the number, distribution and health value of any consumed foods.

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/137/3/647.short

This video is of a man named Stephen Fayon who runs the International Seed bank in, Auroville, India. He talks about how we as consumers are blind to the fact that there are so many more edible plants out there. Thanks to the food industry the these plants that can only live in very specific climates and soil are vanishing forever.

http://www.celsias.com/article/75-per-cent-of-food-diversity-lost-in-last-century/

Brendon Hall

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2 responses »

  1. Ciera Fedock says:

    It is sad to see so many interesting foods with such interesting tastes and textures disappear so we can make more Peas or keep Bananas on our shelves year round. There are 30+ different kinds of bananas out there and yet when we go to the store we always are given the option of the one that tastes like ‘banana’

  2. I had no idea that the diet of people in India varied from where they are located in India. One thing that bothers me a lot about living in Florida is that you would expect to see FL oranges in every grocery store you go to (especially now since they are in season) but instead they are shipped from Mexico and other countries. Why is that? They are right here! Why waste the money and gas to ship fruit that is literally in our backyards!

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