According to the Plant Introduction Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) it alone has made a list of 10,000 different types of tomatoes obtained in the past by farmers around the world. But unfortunately, most, possibly more than 80%, are no longer found in seed banks and there are now few varieties of this tasty fruit that reach the consumer. The reason for this brutal decline is in the standardization of crops promoted in the main by the biotechnology multinationals. Thus, the hybrid tomatoes that are used today for intensive production have a high degree of genetic uniformity.
Taste is knowledge
I‘ve been reading many articles about what the larder of the future might be like, where we’re going and whether we’re moving in the right direction. In this article I’ve brought together several of the forecasts which caught my attention and which in some cases have unsettled me quite a lot. Over to you, to see what you think.