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- December 18, 2008
I know that Iceland has some problems with food supplies and there are few crops there like Potatoes, turnips grown outdoors and some other plants grown in greenhoses, I saw the commet about Trees from Tierra del Fuego which could be very satisfactory in Iceland, well Iceland could also have benefits from the southern hemisphere: It is still a hypothesis but it is worthy to try, Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) is a pseudocereal cultivated in the Andes at 4000 m height in practically the same ecoregion than potato which is cultivated in Iceland then I think that there are possibilities of success of Quinoa in Iceland, Berberis buxifolia (Calafate) is a fruit native from Patagonia down to Tierra del Fuego and it tolerates as continental as oceanic conditions and it?s cultivated in Patagonia and it?s commmerciallized, Kerguelen cabbage (Pringlea antiscorbutica) is a cabbage which was eston by sailors in Antarctic sea to prevent scurvy and is similar to common cabbage, I think that these plants could be useful in Iceland but also we have to be very careful with provenance source, then new crops should be added: a pseudocereal (are not related to cereals but produce similar edible seeds), a fruit and a vegetable (with the same characteristics than commom cabbage. Also Tierra del Fuego, Alaskan Panhandle and Aleutian Islands could have benefits from Iceland's animal breedings. It?s only a hypothesis but the example of potato in Iceland and Fueguian trees in Faroe are inspiring...
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