A few years ago, according to a review of "Taylor's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables," thousands of old- fashioned varieties of vegetables were on the verge of going extinct, run over by the stampede among commercial farmers toward high-yield hybrid varieties.
The risk of extinction remains very real for many old varieties, but a vigorous grassroots movement championing the virtues of the open-pollinated heirlooms is working hard to reverse the tide.
Join host Jerry Kay, publisher of the Environmental News Network, as we explore the hidden life of heirloom tomatoes.
This Week's Guests:
Lawrence Davis-Hollander Director, Eastern Native Seed Conservancy|
Darrell "Tomato Man" Merrell Farmer, Oklahoma|
Wade Williams Founder, PICNIC Catering|
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