I am not much of a gardener. I like the idea of gardening, but the reality of it just doesn’t grab me. Nevertheless, I was quite disturbed to see that, according to United Nations estimates, around 75% of plant biodiversity has vanished entirely in the last century. It may be good in the short term to focus on the most profitable, high-yielding varieties of crops and vegetables, but it doesn’t seem a very sensible long-term strategy. It may also be why a lot of things you buy in the supermarket don’t taste of anything in particular.
Perhaps those of you who are more green-fingered than I am would like to check out the following links for places providing “heirloom seeds”, those used for more than 50 years but not used in modern large-scale agriculture.