What would you do to have more choice again?
The number of fruit varieties is much lower than it once was. To get back all those that have been lost would be beneficial, but also expensive
Eight thousand varieties of fruit just over a century ago. Just under two thousand today. Natural selection hasn’t much to do with it but industrialisation, climate change and changes to eating habits have a lot. The result: less choice, even if the fruits on sale are perfect or almost perfect. Increasing biodiversity in the agriculture and food industry might be possible and advisable. But it wouldn’t bring only advantages for consumers: we would have to accept what nature offers, setting aside how it looks, accept reduced productivity, and be prepared to pay more.
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July 28, 2014
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