As the planet warms, unusual crops could become climate saviors — but only if we’re willing to eat them

What role can lesser-known crops that thrive under adversity play in efforts to make our global food supply more resilient to climate change?

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Researchers are working to take already resilient crops, such as sea beans, and make them even more so as climate change continues to impact agriculture. Photo courtesy of Jenny Morber

What we eat has deep cultural significance, rich in memories and meaning. We cling to what we know, and changes require work.

Not all climate-resilient foods are new and unusual. Okra, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and pomegranates (shown here) are all resilient choices in many regions. Photo courtesy of Jenny Morber | Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

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