Humans spent many thousands of years breeding out grasses into the staple grain crops we are addicted to in the majority of our global diets today. The problems with corporate, monocultural, machine, oil, energy, capital & resource intensive annual- based agriculture are self- evident looking at the state of soils, communities & economies globally. Perennial plants have the potential to restore degraded ecosystems and provide for our basic carbohydrate needs with much lower external inputs. Badgersett are doing awesome work in the US breeding out hardy and disease resistant Hazel & Chestnut (amongst others). Future-proof farming will incorporate a lot more solid perennial crops and holistically managed grazing systems, it's why we are designing our farm primarily around these systems. We need a lot more advocation and incentives for people working to breed up productive hardy lines here in Scandinavia. This video shows a chestnut product developed by Badgersett- a polenta that is steamed, extruded in a "ricer", then dried; can be used like either corn meal or whole wheat flour, is gluten free, and will keep for a full year at room temperature. Work involved is about the same as canning tomatoes.
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