I recently found a very interesting fact published on Killerplants dot com
FACT: Five hundred thousand is a rough guesstimate of the number of plant species on the face of the Earth.
Of this 500,000, there are 3,000 species that provide some edible portion to humans. Edible food portions include, leaves, roots, nuts, and fruits.
Of these 3,000 species, only about 150 are regularly cultivated by humans.
(I wonder how much of the 3,000 are in the Americas?)
Of the 150 cultivated plants, only 12 supply most of the food our world consumes.
The critical 12 cultivated plants are...
- corn (Zea mays)
- rice (Oryza sativa)
- wheat (Triticum aestivum)
- common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)
- soybean (Glycine max)
- white potato (Solanum tuberosum)
- sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas)
- cassava (Manihot esculenta)
- sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
- sugar beet (Beta vulgaris)
- coconut (Cocos nucifera)
- bananna (Musa Spp.)
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