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Famine Foods

Famine food plants are a little-known category of underutilized species. These plants are sought out in times of famine and other conditions of environmentally-induced food scarcity. Because they are adapted to some of the most extreme weather conditions Nature can create, they represent a valuable source of plant genetic material, for the development of new, affordable staple crops, for environmentally at-risk eco-zones. In addition, some of the very few famine food plants that have been analyzed show unexpectedly high nutrient values. As nutritional value  will be a base-line criterion, for identifying candidates for selection,  growth trials and breeding, further work is needed, to ascertain the nutrient composition of the large corps of  these as-yet unstudied  famine food plant species.... Read more