Neglected Crops: 1492 from a different perspective
The book examines 65 crops, mostly of American origin, which for social, agricultural or biological reasons have lost importance over the past 500 years. These are species which in another time, or under other conditions, played a key role in agriculture and nutrition of indigenous people and local communities.
The study is oriented towards technical readers. It aims, on the basis of selected species analysis, to identify possible areas for further research and development, as well as to facilitate the reintroduction of some species in the land where they had previously adapted to over the centuries. A special chapter on quinoa presents the status of research and development as of 1994, when the study was published. It is interesting to note that the lines of research presented in the study (page 139) have been followed in the last years. A broad bibliography on quinoa complements the specific section.