Agriculture – a Double-Edged Sword

Conventional wisdom seems to suggest that the development of agriculture was a really good event. We settled down, grew our own food and raised our own animals. No longer did humans face an uncertain future not knowing if the next meal would be today, tomorrow or sometime later. We had food to spare and could … Read more…

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What if being obese is better for our health than being slim?

Warning – this post may contain the ramblings of an unhinged mind! Second warning – this is not a new idea, I have heard whispers of it before. Earlier this year we sat down as a family to watch “Highlander”, a film released in 1986. “You will love this”, I enthused to my children. So, … Read more…

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What did we eat before we ate grains?

The first recognisable humans evolved 2.5 million years ago.  That is 2,500,000 years and our current counting system has only racked up 2,013 of them or 0.08% of the time we’ve been around. These people probably ate a mixture of foods including fruit, nuts, tubers and insects. It is easy to imagine the different early … Read more…

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Give us this Day our Daily Bread

Bread, or at least the wheat from which it is made, is ubiquitous in the modern Western diet.  You want street food?  The burger, hotdog, kebab will arrive in some kind of bread; the fish will be battered and the sauce will be thickened.  Even if you just want the chips, they may have been … Read more…

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