If you've ever gone to the garden center, you've likely seen a lot of tomatos, strawberries, etc. 'For decorative purposes only'. But why?
See, decorative foods are not just merely decorative. The problem is this: in order to sell a particular strain as 'edible', it must be approved by the appropeiate government agency. And that certification costs a lot of money. So the other strains are labeled and sold as decorative.
Before we go around blaming big businesses as the root of all evil, we also need to acknowledge that unless we remove the cost barrier in approving food strains, we will not see more strain varients on grocery shelves anytime soon. Public policy, not large farmers, is the bigger challenge now: loosening public policy would at least reintroduce older strains on the market, allowing consumer choice to drive the market once again.
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This infographic shows a reduction of produce variety in the last century as a direct result of big businesses (i.e. Monsanto) controlling the world seed supply. It's time to change our food system!!