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History, Diet, and Hunter-Gatherers

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...In the years since 1960 there has been a dramatic change in our perception of the diet, nutrition, and health of “hunter-gatherers,” who constitute the world’s smallest, most “primitive,” and presumably oldest-style societies. The Hobbesian...

Kola Nut

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...Kola nut is an important stimulant and masticatory in Africa. It is about the size of a walnut or a chestnut and varies in color from dark red to creamy white (Chevalier and Perrot 1911; Cohen 1966; Agiri 1972; Lovejoy 1977–8, 1980)....

Sorghum

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...Grain sorghum ( Sorghum bicolor [Linn.] Moench) is a native African cereal now also widely grown in India, China, and the Americas. Sorghum ranks fifth in world cereal grain production, and fourth in value (after rice...
...Introduction Since the 1980s, supermarket retail has expanded dramatically, affecting diets and livelihoods around the world. This process represents fundamental...

The Beginnings of Agriculture: The Ancient Near East and North Africa

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...The Sumerians may have said it best: “Food: That’s the thing! Drink: That’s the thing!” (Gordon 1959: 142). From bread and beer to wine and cheese, the people of the ancient Near East and North Africa developed a rich cuisine based on a set...

Introduction: Food and Commensality in the Ancient Near East

Paul Erdkamp

Paul Erdkamp is Professor of Ancient History at the Flemish Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is author of Hunger and the Sword; Warfare and Food Supply in Roman Republican Wars; and The Grain Market in the Roman Empire; and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Rome (2013). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Food in Antiquity

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Agricultural Revolution The Epic of Gilgamesh tells the story of the primitive Enkidu and of Gilgamesh, a citizen of the city of Uruk. Enkidu, a wild man from...

Angola

Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia Volume 1 : Africa and the Middle East

© ABC-Clio Inc, 2011

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...Overview The Republic of Angola is the seventh-largest country in Africa and the largest of the five countries in Africa where Portuguese is the official language. It covers about 482,625 square miles and is situated...

climate change and world food supply

Brian Gardner

Brian Gardner has been analyzing, writing about and commenting on European and international agriculture and food policy developments for more than thirty years. Notable publications include European Agriculture: Policies, Production and Trade, Growing Pains: New Europe and the CAP in The Perfect Union? New Europe and the EU (edited by Roger Gough) and A Guide to the Reformed CAP. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Global food futures : Feeding the world in 2050

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

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...Any assessment of the world’s future supply of food has to take account of the impact of rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere, their role in raising global average temperatures...

Africa South from the Sahara

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...Describing the principal sources of food for the inhabitants of Africa south from the Sahara is a relatively easy task. Most diets are dominated by products made from a single staple crop, and there are not all that many of them. Maize...

Observer, Critic, Activist: Anthropological Encounters with Food Insecurity

The Handbook of Food and Anthropology

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

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...Anthropology, Human Rights and Activism After the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was published, and until the mid-1980s, anthropologists showed little interest in human rights. Then followed a time...