Yesterday The Washington Post published a piece, titled: “Why perfect-looking produce can be less than ideal.” The author visited with OSA’s Dr. John Navazio to get the seed side of the story.
“We still want beautiful food,” Navazio says, “but as we understand the story behind that food, we begin to look for a different kind of beauty.”
And that different kind of beauty includes more than looks, but flavor, taste, and nutrition, among a host of other traits that farmers need to manage pests and disease. That beauty also means breeding more genetic diversity into our seed, which is especially important for organic farmers who face different production challenges and solutions than conventional farmers. Seed, in other words, is their first defense in the field.
Keep reading for Dr. Navazio’s take on how you can “look at every fruit and vegetable and learn about the life and environment that it came from.” The full article is here.