‘An adaptive, diversified agriculture will need to make use of many hundreds of crops that have become neglected by modern agriculture; crops that have been used for millennia but which have been increasingly forgotten as a few crops have become commercially dominant in food production.’ So says the Cordoba Declaration.
Bioversity International explains what it means by NUS (Neglected & Underutilized Species). I notice that the Cordoba Declaration doesn’t tell us to embrace genetically modified (GM) crops. It says that the world is teeming with NUS crops, which deserve more attention. It says that poor people know how to grow these crops.
I’m grateful to my fellow blogger Jeremy Cherfas at Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog for drawing attention to the Cordoba Declaration.