Dwindling Food Biodiversity

Published on September 1st, 2011 | by

National Geographic shared a shocking infographic highlighting the loss of biodiversity in our food supply. Check it:

food biodiversity
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What’s wrong with this picture? A few things, but the biggest problem is that these lost varieties represent our food security. The reason that biodiversity, especially in our food supply, is a good thing is that if a pest or plant disease wipes out one variety of say, potato, there are lots of other sorts to fall back on.

Loss of biodiversity is one of the major problems with the rise of GMOs. Instead of planting lots of types of corn, soybeans, and other crops that are commonly genetically modified, we’re putting all of our eggs in one basket. Or all of our seeds in one field? Either way, it strikes me as very short sighted.

What do you guys think about this graphic? Does it worry you?


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Hi there! I'm Becky Striepe, a green crafter and vegan foodie living in Atlanta, Georgia with my husband and two cats. My mission is to make eco-friendly crafts and vegan food accessible to anyone who wants to give them a go. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .