It has become a generally accepted fact of life that we need to do more to preserve our environment for future generations. This has taken the form of a push towards sustainability in all walks of life, from factories and industry to people's every day recycling efforts. However, one of the problems of mass-producing food is an overreliance on certain foods and certain types of foods. The public has an idea of what food they want, and suppliers produce it—however, this means a cornucopia of diverse foods, especially those found in the wilderness are being ignored to everyone's detriment. If we do not take steps to protect them, when our key foods begin to wane due to over-production, the world will find itself in real trouble.
It isn't just a question of preserving food diversity. Some of these 'wild' foods have traits that could prove invaluable in the future, such as the ability to survive prolonged droughts or increased heat. With the increasing spread of the desert in the tropics, or the rising temperatures world over, the world needs plants that can survive in more difficult conditions. And for that we need to study these wild plants and make sure their genetic makeup is preserved for if and when we need it.
The Director of Science and Programs, Luigi Guarino, has said that the reason wild plants have not been collected in gene banks is because “they are difficult to collect, they are difficult to maintain, the collection and maintenance is expensive...other things have had higher priority”. This is the reason for the new push to preserve wild plants in gene banks more diligently. Biodiversity could be the key to true sustainability and a continued human existence working at one with the natural world.
As stated, part of the problem in getting these types of foods to the supermarket and consumers' homes is that these are not 'typical'. For instance, what we think of as bananas outsell wild bananas and other species in every store, for every demographic. The challenge then is to know how to market these foods to a public that is not necessarily unwilling to try new things but more comfortable with foods they know well and know how to prepare and cook. We are likely to see more of an effort from chefs and cookbooks to show people what to look for and how to prepare it when buying different species of traditional foods. As ever, appearances are everything.
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