Crop diversity, the number of different types of crops grown, is a statistic that’s more important than just ensuring we have interesting things to eat. Increasing the number of types of crops is better for the environment, protecting against everything from new superbugs to droughts to erosion. Yet a new study, an analysis of USDA data from 34 years, found that our crop diversity as a nation is actually lower than it was back in 1978, when the study began. (The researchers placed an endpoint in 2012, and have been analyzing ever since.)
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