Food plant diversity – the key to life

Key points

In the last 100 years alone we have lost 75% of crop genetic variety and every six hours we loss a unique vegetable variety.
We are depending on more and more of our food on fewer crops. What if something happened to the crops we depend so much on?
There are over 20,000 varieties of corn in Mexico.
Monoculture – the agricultural practice of producing or growing a single crop, plant, or livestock species, variety, or breed in a field or farming system at a time.
1/3 of the food produced is wasted.
Carrots are thought to have originated in Afghanistan and are more likely to be purple, white or black. Why are these never illustrated? 
Blue and pink pumpkins do exist.
There are 2,000 varieties of rice worldwide.
Kudrat – Nature
Karishma – Miracle
Eggplant, there are over 2,000 varieties in India and each has a unique flavour, texture and cooking style.


TEDx Talks, 2013, Food plant diversity — the key to life: Bhavani Prakash at TEDxSingaporeWomen 2012, Online Video, 19 March 2013, Available from:, Accessed: 1 February 2017.


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