I recently found this graphic illustration over at National Geographic and it's pretty startling to see.
It shows us that in only 80 years, if you can fathom this statistic, we have lost 93% of the variety in our foods.
Let me repeat that, we have lost 93 PERCENT of our food varieties! What does this mean? Well, looking at this chart, let's take cabbage for example. In 1903 (the chart uses stats from 1903 to 1983) cabbage had 544 varieties...just 80 years later, it had only 28. Tomatoes had 408 varieties that dwindled to 79.
This lack of biodiversity is why HEIRLOOM SEEDS are so important to us all.
Save the heirloom varieties by planting them and saving the seeds for future use. There are many companies that sell them. Not only are they delicious, they are unusual, unique and actually quite beautiful.