Scientists search for lost seeds of crops domesticated by Indigenous Americans
This is a very interesting article. European colonial officials erased the knowledge that Native Americans also began the process of domesticating indigenous crops many thousands of years ago. For two centuries North America’s indigenous peoples were painted in text books as primitive hunter-gatherers, who were incapable of understanding the many facts of civilization, such as agriculture. Therefore, the Congress of the United States and the Parliament of Canada adopted policies, which treated indigenous peoples as barriers in the way of progress and helpless children, who couldn’t survive in a modern world without being wards of the state.
It turns out that many of the plants that American gardeners consider to be nuisance species are actually feral domesticated plants that are dependent on mankind for clearing the land and turning up the soil, so they will thrive. These plants have high nutritional value and are much more resistant to insects and droughts than most laboratory grown seeds.
A team of scientists is scouring remote locations of North America to find these seeds. Surprisingly, archaeologists on their team have actually found caches of seeds many centuries old, which are capable of sprouting. Whether or not they are still viable, they still have intact DNA, which can be extracted, analyzed and inserted into contemporary feral strains of their species.
To read this article, go to: Seed Hunters
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