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WICHE: Civilization and the art of saving seeds

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By Jeneen Wiche

Real human advancement was made when we finally figured out that saving seed from the very best food plants was a way to get some really good food next year.

The pumpkins that the Wampanoag served the pilgrims were more like gourd if compared to the sugar pumpkins available today! The evolution of tastier food crops was aided by the human hand through the process of seed saving and meticulous selection based on vigor, pest resistance, drought tolerance, yield and taste. 


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