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Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America

 
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https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/01/hunting-for-the-ancient-lost-farms-of-north-america/

Hunting for the ancient lost farms of North America
 
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Thanks for sharing Duane....great story.
 
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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!
 
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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?

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I heard that they abandon these crops because it wasn't enough and was too much to work with. A reason why they switched to corn, beans and squash.
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