Essentials from perennials.
Somehow, a fundamental disconnect affecting the entire globe has managed to avoid getting much widespread negative press.
Stable ecosystems on land are characterized and supported by key groups of long-lived (perennial) plants with a diversity of other life forms finding niches above and below ground within that overarching framework. In contrast, through history, human diet has trended first towards an increasing dependence on annual plants and, more recently, a decreasing diversity of annual plants to the extent that now most of our plant-provided calories come from just a few key grains.
If our “food ecosystem” is all the plants and animals our society eats, our food ecosystem has drastically diverged in structure and function from what nature has demonstrated will be resilient and healthy long-term. We need to intentionally integrate more and diverse perennial plants into our foodscape while allowing some to serve their traditional role as ecosystem building blocks and this needs to be happening now.
Tyler Seneca Land and Cattle, LLC is engaged in developing and delivering useful or delicious household products whose production depends on perennial plants. We are doing business as Black Squirrel Farms in Yates County, NY.