The Barely Recognizable Veggies and Fruits of Our Ancestors

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By Heather Callaghan

The modern food system relies heavily on monoculture, selective breeding and mass standardization. The lack of polydiversity has created problems with weed and insect resistance. Monoculture has even been implicated in causing historical famines.

By focusing on monoculture and GMOs, we’ve actually lost amazing opportunities to increase yields, save pollinators and feed the world.

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What did our ancestors really eat?

When the native Americans taught pilgrims about raising maize – did they crunch down on a yellow cob at harvest like we do at a modern barbecue? Is Paleo really Paleo? Is there even such a thing?

Carrots weren’t originally orange and they didn’t look like carrots. Selective breeding creates “designer foods” by leaving out certain traits. This is all right and palatable as long as we don’t lose diverse breeds. Genetic engineering is completely different despite what a popular astrophysicist would have you believe. Unfortunately, Big Biotech is targeting Mexico.

Business Insider looks back on ancient foods by compiling historical paintings and documents:

This article (The Barely Recognizable Veggies and Fruits of Our Ancestors) can be republished under a Creative Commons license, with attribution to Heather Callaghan and Natural

Heather Callaghan is an independent researcher, natural health blogger and food freedom activist. She is the editor and co-founder of Like at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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