Climate change brings unpredictability and instability to the environment, a major worry when it comes to growing food.
Plants which may once have thrived in a particular region may no longer do so if that region suddenly experiences significant fluctuations in temperature, or becomes subject to flooding or drought.
This uncertainty makes it all the more important to our survival to have a wide range of edible plant species available, some of which may be better able to adapt to climate change. The broader the range of seed varieties, and the broader the range of different characteristics within that range, the more chance there is that we will find crop varieties that can grow in a changed, more hostile environment.
Yet, at the very same time that we are most need of greater plant diversity, the range available to humankind is shrinking. Worse still, the plant gene pool is being…
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