Preserving Biodiversity

Preserving Biodiversity

By Stephania Alvarez | June 04, 2015
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Eat It To Save It

The Red Wattle hog is one of hundreds of foods in the United States that are at risk of disappearing, either in their traditional method of production or in their existence at all. Heritage breeds like the Red Wattle are part of our unique biodiversity. And here comes a paradox: to consume them is to help them survive.

When we look at Houston, we see a thriving, bustling city. The fast pace of city life often determines our choices, including what we eat. Yet our choices have a real impact on biodiversity. When we care about the food we eat, we become more aware of the beauty of biodiversity. If we buy from a farmer who sustainably raises endangered Red Wattles, we become part of the regenerative cycle and help increase their numbers.

Why does biodiversity even matter? Vandana Shiva, leader in food sustainability in India, explains the importance of biodiversity through seed symbolism. She states: “Navdanya means ‘nine seeds’ and also the ‘new gift.’ In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, the gift of Navdanya (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift—it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving, sharing and cultivating seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, and conserving sustainability.” Bon appétit on your biodiversity preservation journey!

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