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What crops will we be growing in the future, as climate change alters the landscape

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🗞️ Driving the news: As climate change continues to reshape our environment, gardeners and farmers are faced with the challenge of adapting to new conditions
• Kevin Hobbs, co-author of the new book "Edible: 70 Sustainable Plants That Are Changing How We Eat," offers insights into the future of sustainable foods and how the landscape of gardening might evolve

🔭 The context: With the increasing likelihood of temperature extremes, droughts, and flooding due to climate change, the question arises: what sustainable foods will we be growing in the future?
• Water availability is predicted to be a significant challenge, especially for thirsty crops like tomatoes; however, perennial vegetables, with their longer establishment time, might offer a more sustainable alternative

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Introducing and popularizing new, resilient crops can help ensure food security in the face of changing climate conditions
• Plants like vine spinach, moringa, Mediterranean saltbush, great burdock, sea buckthorn, and even ornamental perennials like hostas are highlighted as potential sustainable food sources for the future

⏭️ What's next: As gardeners and farmers adapt to the changing climate, there will be a shift towards more diverse crops with a greater emphasis on plants that can withstand the challenges posed by climate change
• The book "Edible" delves into these sustainable plants, offering a glimpse into the future of food cultivation

💬 One quote: "We will still be able to grow conventional fruit and veg in future years, but there will be greater diversity" (Kevin Hobbs)

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