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Croque apples, cardoons from Vaulx-en-Velin, Grivette sheep, Savoy goats… Domestic biodiversity groups together the animal breeds and plant varieties that have been selected over time for their ornamental, dietary or agricultural qualities, brought from their native environment and adapted to a wide variety of soils, reliefs and climates.
But there has been a considerable reduction in genetic resources through farming practices during the 20th century: according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), three quarters of the world’s plant varieties and numerous animal breeds have disappeared over the last two centuries. A decline in domestic biodiversity also implicates a decline in our knowledge and expertise in terms of choosing breeds and varieties. Furthermore, biodiversity makes agriculture more resilient, enabling it to adapt to climate change. Conserving biodiversity is therefore a major concern for food production in the future.
So how can we put a stop to the loss of domestic biodiversity? In France and in the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, many individuals and organisations have committed to conserving and promoting our rich natural heritage. This exhibition is the result of two years of research carried out by Revermont Museum, the association Divagri and the Centre for Rural Studies at Université Lumière Lyon 2 in collaboration with the members of a scientific committee set up specifically for this project.
Revermont Museum contributes to preserving over 650 different plant species and their respective uses through its vegetable garden and conservatory, which you can also visit.
Adult: 3 to 4 €.
Free entry for children < 26 years, press.