Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Hmm I see what you mean... This is a problem with livestock too, the broiler chicken that is the most common meat bird, slaughter at 8 weeks, if you let them live much past it their bones start breaking because their frames cannot support the amount of meat they've been bred to develop..
That's why we have Chanteclair chickens, canadienne cattle, Newfie ponies, and Canadian horses. All Canadian breeds, winter hardy as heck. While the modern farm animal is designed to live in a large heated barn, safe from common parasites, the heritage animal is built to survive in it's homeland.. Crops are a little more ignored (especially due to the fact that no ones screaming about inbred/cloned crops) but just as interesting.. Take the Queen Anne pocket melon, an extremely fragrant melon that was carried by ladies in their pockets to ward off bad smells (back when everything was smelly and no one bathed). Really rare today, not much to the taste if I remember, but it's got a pretty cool story behind it. xD
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