It took more than 10,000 years of agriculture for humanity to create the vast biodiversity in our food supply. Thousands of generations of farmers spent their lives selecting and sustaining livestock breeds and food crops that suited the peculiarities of their local climate and terrain. Each domesticated seed or breed they nurtured was an answer to a very specific ecological problem, such as drought or diseases unique to in a very specific location. Now, in the space of just a few generations, that biodiversity has suddenly and significantly declined.


When people

don’t use plants

they get scarce.

You must use them

so they come up again.

All plants are like that.

If they are not gathered from,

or talked to, or cared about,

they die.

-Mabel McKay, Pomo Elder