Before the industrialization of agriculture, a much wider variety of plant foods were grown for human consumption. In modern agriculture in the industrialized world, most food crops are now grown in large, monocultural plots. In order to maximize consistency, few varieties of each type of crop are grown. These varieties are often selected for their productivity, their ability to withstand mechanical picking and cross-country shipping, and their tolerance to drought, frost, or pesticides.
Heirloom gardening - is a reaction against this trend, heirloom plants are still widely grown, for example in the home gardens of knowledgeable citizens who care to preserve the natural traits of the plants they consume. As a result they are able to offer a healthier variety at the dinner table to their families.
The trend of growing heirloom plants in gardens has been growing in popularity in North America and Europe over the last decade.
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