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The Meaning of Food

When people grow and save seeds, they are playing an important part in preserving the planet’s genetic and cultural heritage. Each variety is genetically unique and is resistant to the diseases and pests with which it evolved. Old varieties are used to provide resistance to modern crops to rapidly evolving diseases and pests. Without genetic diversity, food production is at risk from epidemics and infestations. And have you ever compared an heirloom tomato to the flavorless hothouse tomatoes found in many supermarkets?

Pictured at right: Grandpa Ott’s German Pink Tomato, a variety that was passed down from seeds brought from Bavaria in the 1870s.

German Pink Tomato