I read a fascinating post on NPR about where your food originated. The article highlighted new research from the International Center of Tropical Agriculture( CIAT) on which foods originated from each continent. This is a clear reminder that we're not alone in caring about which foods are native to different geographies.
The idea that crop plants have centers of origin, where they were originally domesticated, goes back to the 1920s and the great Russian plant explorer Nikolai Vavilov. He reasoned that the region where a crop had been domesticated would be marked by the greatest diversity of that crop, because farmers there would have been selecting different types for the longest time."
This makes us at Simply Native Foods excited to celebrate and bring to market North America's indigenous Foods. The researchers found the following crops to originate from Canada and the USA; Blueberries, cranberries, grapes, pumpkins and gourds, raspberries, strawberries and sunflowers (they forgot wild rice!). We are happy to offer four of those eight food crops in our products already and excited to incorporate the rest in future products!
The research that was conducted was very extensive, nearly covering the entire world's population. "Khoury and his colleagues extended Vavilov's methods to look for the origins of 151 different crops across 23 geographical regions. They then examined national statistics for diet and food production in 177 countries, covering 98.5 percent of the world's population."
Globally, foreign crops made up 69 percent of country food supplies and farm production, which was an increase from 63 percent 50 years ago. This means that the world is becoming increasingly interdependent on food crops from other countries.
If you want to try some delicious food made with exclusively North American ingredients check out our Wild Rice Hot Cereals.
For the full article on NPR: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/06/13/481586649/a-map-of-where-your-food-originated-may-surprise-you
For the research from CIAT: http://blog.ciat.cgiar.org/origin-of-crops/