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Wild Foodies of Philly Message Board Research Forum- nutritional content, consumptions limits, cautions, etc. › hybrids v wild plants, are hybrids good for us?

hybrids v wild plants, are hybrids good for us?

Lynn L.
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Philadelphia, PA
Post #: 21

Wanted to look into this issue. GMOs are clearly presenting a danger to people and the environment, but what about hybrids, which constitute most if not all cultivated crops?
Sarah M.
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New Orleans, LA
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As you said, Lynn, hybrids constitute most, if not all cultivated crops. They have been obtained over millenia, and although they are clearly the result of human manipulation, Nature also does this to a certain degree. We, humans, like to manipulate our environment. We like to make it feel good, give us warmth in winter, keep us cool in summer. And although we appreciate wilderness, we are often more comfortable when Nature is docile and tamed around us. HOWEVER, there is a catch. As soon as we change how Nature manifests, we change the intrinsic qualities of those beings. Dogs are a good example. Thought to be originated from tamed wolves, there are dogs that have almost nothing in common with wolves, besides liking meat. Many of the more specialized breeds (hybrids) are short-lived and often have health problems, in particular structural deficiencies. This may not be the best example, but when you look at wild plants versus domesticated ones, you realize that the wild ones are completely off the chart when it comes to the levels of minerals, antioxidants, trace-elements and other phyto-nutrients. Rose hips contain 100 times more vitamin C than oranges, and yet we are still under the impression that orange juice is one of the best sources of it. Dandelions probably also contain more of it, weight for weight! They do contain far more beta-carotene than carrots, which were rated the highest source of it in a study done by Johns Hopkins University. They never even mentioned the Dandelion greens, that were right there in the study, alongside the carrots! (I got this from "Guide to Wild Foods and Useful Plants" by Christopher Nyerges) So there is obviously a trade-off: you get more tasty, sweet and soft foods when you hybridize the plants. Things like bananas don't even exist in the wild, and fruits like apples and pears are small, astringent and often sour. But then you have the wild Persimmons! Here's a bit of an exception to the rule - wild persimmons, once they have been softened by the frost, are possibly the most delicious fruit I have ever tasted!

In the end, it's a question of balance. Take what feels and tastes good, as long as you are using your REAL taste buds, not the ones that have been corrupted by years-worth of refined sugar, industrial dairy and hybrid wheat. Now THAT hybrid is definitely one to avoid. Eat many different types of foods, ones that are completely natural (preferably organic) coming directly from the Earth to your plate, without the interference of industries that literally refine the life out of our foods. Wild foods allow us to connect directly with Nature. We have been using them for food and medicine for thousands of years, and we vibe with them. They have been our companions and sole source of food for about 95% of our existence on Earth as Homo sapiens, having been usurped by their domesticated cousins only about 10,000 years ago. And even then, it took thousands of years to create the millions of varieties of fruits and vegetables that we enjoyed about 100 years ago. This number has been reduced drastically by the industrialization of food production, but that's another story. I like what Michael Pollan says about food: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

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