Indian Food and Biodiversity
Food is personal. We know that what we often don't realize is that food is also more than personal. It is also about culture and, most importantly, about biodiversity. We often do not think how the flora and fauna around us make up our culture. We do not think that food diversity indeed cultural diversity, is linked to diversity in the biological world.
As a result, we often do not value this biodiversity that grows in the farm, the forest and the lake and the ocean. Each region of India, indeed the world is diverse in its food habits. It has its own recipes; it cooks with different ingredients; it eats differently. This is not an accident.
Every region, for instance, has its own rice variety. Many of these come with medical properties. Most are specific to the ecosystem they grow in. If the region is drought- prone, the variety survives in tough conditions.