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Where Did Your Favorite Food Come From?

food origins

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  • In the 1920s, Russian scientist Nikolai Vavilov developed a theory that crops must have originated in the regions of the world where they appear in the greatest diversity
  • A study by an International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) team used Vavilov’s theories, genetics, botany, diet statistics from food production in 177 countries and other sources, to expand on the initial research
  • Over the last 50 years, “local foods” have blended, and the “standard global diet” now depends on a much smaller number of basic crops for more of its food, potentially leaving food sources vulnerable should there be a global crisis

By Dr. Mercola

Have you ever wondered what our ancestors ate and where their foods came from? How many food-based plants grew wild, and how many of these foods were improved through cultivation?


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