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Jun 29, 2018 25 tweets 10 min read
Reporting at a seed bank for native and ancient plants today ... #biodiversity
Just a reminder that healthy ecosystems and landscapes support insect diversity.
... and #pollinators
I'm visiting @arche__noah today to report on sustainable food at their preservation garden.
Here's part of their website in English. arche-noah.at/english
Inside a screened tent local poppies are grown for seed. #biodiversity #plantdiversity
Had a chance to peak inside the seed vault, too, with about 6,000 different varieties.
Did I mention it's #berryseason?
Red currants ...
... and black. Yummm!
Everyone can help preserve native and local plant diversity in their garden.
Preservation is important because after 10,000 years of co-evolving with humans, plant genes are key archives of natural and cultural information. Nice to see this @michaelpollan quote here at @arche__noah
The #rightsfornature movement is also playing out in the plant preservation community. And aside from their own intrinsic right to exist, they have so much to tell us!
#sustainablefood philosophy at the @arche__noah garden in Schiltern
You'll learn a bit more about them here at their website - arche-noah.at/english and in an upcoming @dw_globalideas story!
And because, well, it's #Austria, drive-in #schnitzel.
They also search out old fruit trees that were once commonly used (until the 50s) as local food sources. Plums, apples, pears. Used to be 2,000 common varieties, now just 20 in supermarkets
It's called Streuobst (scatter-fruit) and recently a local juice producer started using some of it to make delish sparkling cider, not too sweet. Nice use for #kulturpflanzen
It was great to see this @michaelpollan quote here, on how the ordering of a garden reminds of the evolutionary barter between people and plants.
I think this bug would make a cool surfboard/skateboard design design @back_face @leitzell @haburesuraita
And a last stop - Wachau apricots! #localfood
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This obviously isn't Michael Pollan but I corrected it in a tweet farther down the thread.

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