Seeds of Time: Why Heirlooms Matter

For hundreds of generations, humans all over the planet have been growing crops and saving seeds from their best plants to sow the following season. Seeds have a rich history and are very important to agriculture.

Today, something like 90 percent of the varieties that existed at the beginning of the 20th century are extinct - just gone, nevermore to return.
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