Magazine article Geographical

Use Them or Lose Them

Magazine article Geographical

Use Them or Lose Them

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I think we're all now pretty much in agreement about the need to preserve the world's biodiversity. And most people would agree that cultural diversity provides benefits for communities and is worthy of protection. But there's an area where these two types of diversity could be said to come together--and that has been under threat for decades--and that's in agricultural production.

Food has such a central role in our lives that it's not surprising that it has become wrapped up in our various cultures. And with the varying geographies of the places in which we live, the plants and animals that we've domesticated for our consumption have also taken on a great deal of diversity. Different varieties get tied to different areas and eventually take on cultural baggage.

Of all the agricultural products in the UK, the apple surely stands out as one of the most culturally important (page 38). From Avalon, the apple island of Arthurian legend, to the rite of passage that is your first cider hangover, apples have long occupied a central place in British culture. …

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