Wednesday, September 2, 2009
There is an interesting subject I want to share with you that I read about in a local organic gardening magazine.
It is about saving the ancestors (the wild beginnings) of our produce trees. Fruits, nuts, all those delicious foods we take for granted. Many of thses trees originated from central Asia. Our food security could be jeopardised if we let these trees become extinct. One day we may need to resort back to these species to develop disease resistant or drought tolerant plants for growth.
It has been estimated that 90% of these forests have been destroyed in the last 50 years. Flora and Fauna International, Botanic Garden Conservation International and a few other organizations are working at the conservation of forests in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan.
To find a list of the threatened species go to www.globaltrees.org and look up the 'red list of trees of Central Asia'