Thanks for sharing! That is really interesting thinking about conflict and trade resulting in losing whole staple crops. Makes one wonder what would happen if our society collapsed or faced major conflict... how many crops would be lost...
Of course we have lost a lot of unique varieties already and there are crops that have fallen out of favor such as Good King Henry that are a lot more rare now.
Interesting article - thanks again for sharing!
Cultivate abundance for people, plants and animals - Wild Homesteading
I have often thought that it would be useful to seek out and bring back these parts of the North American grain complex, if for no other reason than to encourage more diversity in pasturage.
I mean, if some of these plants were staple crops that could sustain human communities, why couldn't they be used today to increase the nutritional density and the variety on our pastures?
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
-Robert A. Heinlein