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Food Movement Glossary



Heirloom species are seeds that have been cultivated over generations. There is no official definition, but it is widely agreed that seeds are naturally pollinated, and a strict interpretation of the term requires that the species be at least fifty years old and not commercially cultivated on an industrial scale.

Example of Heirloom :

In many farmers market, one could easily find heirloom tomatoes by looking at their unique appearances, for example their sizes, shape, and color are not uniform.
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