On October 23rd, 2014, we updated our
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Extensive use of pesticides has led to an increase in resistant strains of insects, and other pests ( 1992- CA white flies)
Monoculture farming- growing just one crop- hard on soil, all crops are identical and susceptible to same disease- crop can be wiped out if disease occurs
Newer variety of grains are high yielding but not necessarily adapted to local climates
Traditional varieties are now being studied again to serve as alternatives- quinoa was a staple of the Inca diet, high in protein, can be grown in mountains- being studied as a way to improve the diet of people in poor mountainous regions of the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and Africa