or "What happens when you fiddle around with Nature". Somehow, I wasn't really surprised when I read an article today that reported that the handful of green beans my mother was eating in 1950 had 43% more calcium than the handful of green beans I am eating today. And less flavor, apparently. (I had not yet appeared on the earth to eat said green beans.) All those carefully developed high-production crops have given us lots and lots of bland, less nutritious food.
I am completely flummoxed by our (as a society) inability to catch on to the "more is not more" reality of food, clothing, gadgets, appliances, cars, you name it. I tell you, if everyone was forced to live with all their trash, you'd see a new dawning of the "use it up, wear it out, make it do" motto. Imagine a world where mothers couldn't toss disposable diapers into the trash. There would be quite a few cloth diapers hanging on the line. We are such a throw-away country, that it's not going to be easy to turn it in the right direction.
So, hurray for us'ns who plant gardens with heritage, non-hybrid vegetables. And hurray for all those mothers who suck it up and wash diapers.
I will now get off my soapbox and eat my heritage beans (am currently enjoying a large crop of Navajo Trail of Tears). What heritage and non-hybrid seeds have you planted in your gardens with success?