Learn from modern Indigenous farmers

Long before Darwin, Mendel, or Luther Burbank, the plant breeding facet of agriculture was undertaken by sophisticated, capable people who walked their fields with a keen eye for the best plants to be saved for seed. As Vavilov more than once noted, crop landraces were the result of intelligent, innovative minds, and often the work of geniuses. --From Shattering, Cary Fowler and Pat Mooney