In this episode, eminent Tasmanian agricultural scientist Bruce French, OA, Karalyn Hingston and Dr John McPhee speak with Anthea about Bruce’s voluntary mission and pioneering work to create a free database of over 30 000 edible plants to help tackle malnutrition and hunger. Listen in to hear how this amazing resource has fed the creation of Food Plant Solutions (FPS) and fuels their work around the world and here at home to help address hunger.
In collaboration with Bruce and his wonderful database, the Food Plant Solutions team undertake research to document, produce and share ‘place and people’ based edible gardening information and community tools that are fit for purpose, people and targeted to nutrition needs and local growing conditions.
FPS focus on what are often neglected and underutilized plants, plants that are growing in and adapted to their environment, and are high in the most beneficial nutrients. FPS materials are designed to empower people, particularly women, so that they can make informed choices on what plants to grow and eat that will nutritiously feed themselves and their families.
There are more than 50,000 known edible plants on Earth, but fewer than 300 species reach the market and the big three – corn, wheat and rice – make up a whopping two-thirds of plant-sourced food. Increasing the agrobiodiversity of food sources diets is critical in the face of climate change, pests and quest for greater food resilience.
Food Plants International’s database and the work that Food Plant Solutions do to create and share educational materials around the world are responding to this challenge with positive, high impact.
To learn more and access the Food Plants International database go to:
Visit Food Plant Solutions website to read more about their work, and the many countries where they make a positive difference, to volunteer or donate to help them do what they do so well at: https://foodplantsolutions.org/