A plant, specifically. Encourage the genetic diversity of food crops by demanding something odd that you wouldn't normally eat. If we all demand crops that are not one of the few common breeds, it will help prevent all of our food becoming the same variety of a few crops.
This can be a whole new type of plant or just a different breed of common plants. For example, did you know there are hundreds of different kinds bananas?
June 9, 2009
Oooo, this was much easier to do while living in another country -- tarwi, sauco, awaymanto, plantains! I wonder what grows in my area that I haven't tried, will have to check it out -- I feel like this should also include less-common varieties of common crops (eg, multi-colored corn or non-Russett potatoes).
Less-common varieties of common crops definitely count. In fact, that might be one of the best things you can do so you can help out those farmers working to keep some genetic diversity in our food supply.
Try something new at least once a month. Once you've done it twice, you can check this off, but keep doing it.
June 11, 2009
rutabaga... and I thought it was just for cartoon rabbits. It's really bitter but apparently good in desserts. Found a recipe for rutabaga + apple casserole that can be made in the microwave, bc it is way too hot to turn on the oven.