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The History of Food

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The science, history, culture and lore behind food that inspires and sustains people.

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After a century dominated by industrialized and processed food, what comes next might include urban farming, veganism and insect protein production.
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Industrialization triggers the second great food revolution, dramatically transforming people's diets during the course of the 20th century.
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The human quest to plan for times of scarcity during times of plenty by preserving food.
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The advent of agriculture renders humans' hunter-gatherer lifestyle obsolete in favor of settled life and stable food supplies, triggering a population explosion.
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After hunter-gatherers harness fire as a tool, it ignites a culinary and cerebral revolution that advances evolution.