How a Chest of Ancient Grains Changed Baking History - Modern Farmer
Keri Johnson stashed this in Home and Garden
Boudet and Niklasson are both advocates of ancient grains, and both are distressed over the quality of mass-market wheat today. “Over time, growers selected the best-producing varieties, but that has created highly susceptible monocultures,” Niklasson explained. “Gutekorn’s varieties are different from modern grains. They have deep roots and long hairs, and they are highly resistant to disease, drought and poor soil.” According to Niklasson, climate change is making this distinction more obvious, as the old grains are more adaptable than modern wheat.
“A farmer today isn’t free,” says Niklasson. “Farmers are dependent on the seed distributors and since the modern seeds don’t have the right resistances, they are dependent on pesticide producers, and since the pesticides kill the healthy microbes in the soil, they are also dependent on the fertilizer companies. At Gutekorn we are some of the last free farmers.”
You had me at "highly susceptible monocultures".
There is something very wrong with the food supply of the world.