Save our Food Biodiversity
Biodiversity is our insurance policy for the future, allowing plants and animals to adapt to climatic changes, attacks by parasites and disease, or the unexpected.
Biodiversity is our insurance policy for the future, allowing plants and animals to adapt to climatic changes, attacks by parasites and disease, or the unexpected. A system that is biologically varied is endowed with the antibodies to counter dangerous organisms and restore its own equilibrium. A system based on a limited number of varieties, on the other hand, is very fragile. The small-scale farmers, shepherds, fishers that know and respect the fragile balance of nature are the earth’s last true custodians. If biodiversity disappears, together with wild flora and fauna, many domesticated plants and animal breeds will also disappear. Today 60% of the world’s food is based on just three cereals: wheat, rice and corn. Not on the thousands of rice varieties selected by farmers, once cultivated in India and China, or on the thousands of varieties of corn that used to be grown in Mexico, but on the few hybrid varieties selected and sold to farmers by a handful of multinationals.
Slow Food’s mission has always been focused on the defense of biodiversity: domesticated, edible biodiversity. Meaning not just pandas and polar bears, but also Gascon chickens and Alpago lambs; not just edelweiss and rainforests, but also violet asparagus from Albenga and traditional Swiss plum orchards. Biodiversity is not some abstract concept. It’s all around us, and it’s endangered too.