I watched the documentary "The Future of Food" on Hulu.com the other day and it is a GOOD SHOW. It noted that 97% of the worlds edible plants/veggies were extinct by around 1900! Has anyone else heard of this claim? Heard the new movie "Food Inc" is coming out too, which is supposed to be full of great info as well...
I had not heard a figure as exact as 97%, but the world has definitely lost better than 90% of the crop varieties that have existed. Much the same goes for livestock - about
50% of the various breeds have disappeared. This is due to an increasingly globalized industrial agricultural system and its focus on a very few profitable varieties. Unfortunately, most farmers no longer grow food. They grow commodities.
I consider myself lucky to live near a CSA (community supported agriculture) where I can obtain organically produced fruits/vegetables for about
5 months of the year. There also is a fairly substantial Amish community nearby where I obtain milk, eggs and bread. Buying food from these people is my little stand against big ag and the industrialized food system.
Diagnosed with UC in 1990.Current Meds
Rowasa (now and then)
, Folic Acid (1 mg)Supplements
: fish oil, flax oil, glucosamine, CoQ10, fiber, aloe vera juice, probiotics.Other
: Raw Milk for breakfast. Currently exploring a raw milk fast one day/week.