Ask any small-scale farmer, and they will tell you that diversity is the key to a healthy and resilient farming system. Yet we now live in a world in which that diversity – of seed, of crops, of animals, of wild Nature – has been dramatically reduced, and with it the resilience of our food system during a period of profound climatic change.

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 75% of global crop diversity was lost between 1900 and 2000. In the same period, four agrochemical corporations have come to dominate 60% of the global seed market.

Around the world, small-scale ...


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