Here is a video that shows original unappetizing forms of vegetables and fruits before human beings cultivated and bred them to be the forms that we now eat. We’ve come a long way, baby.
The last item on the list was the banana. Some of you may recall that Ray Comfort called the banana “the atheist’s nightmare” because it was so perfectly designed for holding and eating that it proved decisively that it had to have been designed by his god. His sidekick, Kirk Cameron follows him with the usual deception of partially quoting Charles Darwin to make it appear that he himself could not explain the origins of the eye.
This video resulted in widespread merriment and Comfort later acknowledged that he had not been aware that the modern banana, rather than being his god’s creation, is pretty much the result of human efforts.
Cameron himself also forever ended any hope of being taken seriously on evolution when he suggested the kinds of hybrid forms that should occur if evolution is true. The jaw-dropping look on the other person’s face is because he cannot believe that he is listening to such drivel.
Giliell, professional cynic -Ilk- says
By coincidence I just watched a documentary about people in Germany “illegally”* keeping old varieties alive and distributing their seeds. It’s not just that fruit and veg have come a long way, it’s also the fact that we have been raised to only accept one or two varieties as being the real thing.
I still don’t know why they bothered with the eggplants. Just use cardboard.
*The process of registration is simply geared towards large corporations. A hobby breeder with one variety might make it, but enthusiasts with 200 varieties of tomatoes never.
John Morales says
Almonds are an interesting case; wild varieties are poisonous.
Now -- everyone knows that peanut butter is the REAL atheist nightmare!
Marcus Ranum says
No! God made Holstein cows just the way they are now!
And MRSA. That, too!
My understanding is that this is only illegal if you’re selling the seeds. For example, here in the UK, we have the Heritage Seed Library, which distributes unlisted seed using a membership system -- rather than buying the seed, you pay for an annual membership which entitles you to six packets of seed a year.