A growing number of farmers are preserving variety and agricultural variety and protecting biodiversity. Sustainable farmers let the animal roam the land; they avoid harmful pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  Supporting this type of farming you can help protect valuable breeds of animals and plants facing extinction.  Be sure to shop at you local farmers markets and organic retailers.  Industrial agriculture uses a vast amount of chemicals and substances causing damage to local and regional ecosystems. This can be harmfull to the insect population. This is bad for the honeybee, they are known for pollinating 15-30% of all food consumed in the U.S.  this has been reduced  in the past 50 years by about half.

Did You Know?

  • Almost 96% of the commercial vegetable varieties available in 1903 are now extinct.
  • According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), humans now rely upon just 14 species of mammals and birds to supply 90% of all animal-derived foods.
  • Twelve plant crops account for more than three-quarters of the food consumed in the world, and just three—rice, wheat, and maize—are relied on for more than half of the world’s food.
  • Reliance upon modern varieties of rice has caused more than 1,500 local rice varieties in Indonesia to become extinct.
  • 99% of all turkeys raised in the U.S. are Broad-Breasted Whites, a single turkey breed specially developed to have a meaty breast.
  • Almost 96% of the commercial vegetable varieties available in 1903 are now extinct.
  • Reliance upon modern varieties of rice caused more than 1,500 local rice varieties in Indonesia to become extinct.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/biodiversity/

A free online guide to finding local, sustainable, organic food in the U.S. and Canada.

http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home

Chris S

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5 responses »

  1. Those are some really ridiculous statistics, having only 14 birds and mammals to feed all of us that is quite insane.

  2. April Marcuzzo says:

    The taste difference between factory farmed and organic is ridiculous.

  3. Rachel Schwarting says:

    I’ve always loved shopping at farmer’s markets, but I usually avoid the meat stalls because I’ve been worried about transporting it. I think it would definitely be a good idea to start seeking out free range/organic, though, especially around the holidays.

  4. Elaine Wu says:

    So the variety of vegetables we see in the supermarkets nowadays is only 4 percent of what used to be available???? That’s insane.

  5. Ben Anderson says:

    Those statistics are terrifying it really scares me think what’s going to be left in another 100 years and how much of the food will be completely man made thats ingested by the world.

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