Endangered foods

Endangered species have come out of the woods and onto the table.

No, people aren’t eating piping plovers or eastern pumas. At least no one I know. But people also aren’t eating a lot of the vegetables our grandparents ate … because they don’t exist any more. Monsanto and Archer Daniels Midland and the rest of Big Food have eliminated hundreds of thousands of heirloom seeds and plants.

Factory farms select their vegetable varieties based on one thing: shipability.  Say, the ability of a tasteless tomato to look good at Giant after it’s traveled 3,000 miles.

Working to reverse that are Continue reading