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    An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage Read & download An Edible History of Humanity The blurb summarizes this book perfectly Tom Standage can be relied upon to do comprehensive research for his non fiction books This book explains the history of mass produced food sedentism the disappearance of the hunter gatherer lifestyle the use of food as weapons or forms of power from the earliest record

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    Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) As an avid book reader I always hunger for the next great story be it based on real events or fantastical fiction Tom Standage presents this book to explain how food has helped shape and influence major events in history using a number of great examples while keeping the reader entertained He begins by taking things as far back as possible with a focus on man’s creation myths tied to corn or maize which were essential parts of the early

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    An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) I didn't keep notes throughout this book but I should have Standage did a great job showing various trends throughout history which made the last uarter about current times make far sense This is a high level look at food in general some specific species populations but still distant That was good for the purposes of the book but I hope readers think about what these distant descriptions mean in realityMalnutrition lead

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    Tom Standage é 2 Review Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) I'll start by admitting that I gave up on this piece of trash half way through the audiobook After 5 hours of horrid narration I did not hear a single fact that was news to me nor even an interesting interpretation of known facts The writing is disjointed and meaningless extra words and phrases are thrown in so

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    An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) I love history books which take unconventional perspectives Tom Standage's An Edible History of Humanity is one such This book does not tell you anything that a reasonably erudite reader does not know what it does is to show everyt

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    An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) Standage looks at food from a geopolitical anthropological and ethical point of view The book is mainly about how food and agriculture have changed and keep changing history and development of humankindI didn’t find absolutely everything of interest to me there for example I have read about spices and their role in the progress o

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    Read & download An Edible History of Humanity An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) Tom Standage é 2 Review This book SUCKS How do you give an edible history of humanity without talking in depth about SLAVERY and THE PEOPL

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    Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage Tom Standage é 2 Review An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) An Edible History of Humanity by Tom StandageAn Edible History of Humanity is the interesting history of the world through the transformative role of food Science correspondent and accomplished author Tom Standage follows up his best seller A History of the World in 6 Glasses with another appealing book but this

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    Tom Standage é 2 Review Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) No it's not comprehensive as the intro states it selectively covers pivotal intersectionsYes it does indeed talk a

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    An Edible History of Humanity (FREE) Tom Standage é 2 Review Read this in installments along with Charles C Mann's The Wizard and the Prophet on a scale of one to ten as used in Holland's schools I would score the latter a 10 this one a 95 the two best books of the year so far both books provid

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An Edible History of Humanity

An Edible History of Humanity Free read ✓ 102 Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage Read & download An Edible History of Humanity H his ability to feed his vast armies In the twentieth century Communist leaders employed food as an ideological weapon resulting in the death by starvation of millions in the Soviet Union and China And today the foods we choose in the supermarket connect us to global debates about trade development the environment and the adoption of new technologies Encompassing many fields from genetics and archaeology to anthropology and economics and invoking food as a special form of technology An Edible History of Humanity is a fully satisfying discourse on the sweep of human history. No it s not comprehensive as the intro states it selectively covers pivotal intersectionsYes it does indeed talk about slaveryNo though it was published in 2009 much of it was clearly written a decade or earlier with only some new informationSome interpretations conclusions are problematic a few are just wrongMostly it s engaging interesting but insufficient 35 stars because I m glad I read it and do recommend it to those of you interested but rounded down because it s just not all that valuableOne illuminating data point Ireland where the population increased from around 500000 in 1660 to 9 million in 1840 something that would not have been possible without the potatoI don t imagine I ll read by the author but I will investigate

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An Edible History of Humanity Free read ✓ 102 Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage Read & download An Edible History of Humanity Throughout history food has acted as a catalyst of social change political organization geopolitical competition industrial development military conflict and economic expansion An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy entertaining account of how a series of changes caused enabled or influenced by food has helped to shape and transform societies around the world The first civilizations were built on barley and wheat in the Near East millet and rice in Asia and corn and potatoes in the Americas Why farming created a strictly ordered social hierarchy in contrast to the loose eg. As an avid book reader I always hunger for the next great story be it based on real events or fantastical fiction Tom Standage presents this book to explain how food has helped shape and influence major events in history using a number of great examples while keeping the reader entertained He begins by taking things as far back as possible with a focus on man s creation myths tied to corn or maize which were essential parts of the early diet of those who roamed the earth As Standage did in one of his other great books A History of the World in 6 Glasses he argues that the emergence of cereal grains helped to create a sedentary population and thereby developed a farming mentality This permitted the emergence of cities and larger communities which served to socialise people Food has also helped create a sense of hierarchy in societies which emerged early on in the huntergatherer collectives Those in charge of finding food took on positions of power and control which they exerted effectively Leaders soon rose from the group usually through natural character traits or physical stature However Standage argues that not all societies permitted this standout role choosing modesty and a communal way of life Food could also be seen as a currency which exacerbated the view of power as people traded and bartered with food while taxes could also be placed on items that came from outside the local community This leads to Standage s third area in which food helped shape world history trade and travel As exotic items came from the Far East the Greeks and Romans marvelled at the different spices that came to be used in various forms With the need to seek elsewhere spice routes emerged and Europeans traveled far to seek them out This permitted the discovery of new lands and peoples which influenced how the world would progress Standage explains how new ideas about food production also arose as the Chinese Indian and Native American communities were studied which influenced European ideas for how they might improve their own crops and cooking techniues Much as the British Empire was solidified with the sale and exporting of tea the Dutch took a position of power when it came to spices using their colonial interests to procure and distribute various spices With the arrival of some products from the New World came new and interesting foods to the Old World many of which were exotic and never dreamed up by Europeans The emergence of pineapple in England not only denoted a posh new fruit for the locals to try but also showed how Charles II held sway over his colonial lands Standage explores the importance of these new foodstuffs and how they became central to the advancement of world history Much time is spent discussing the great potato which was seen as both something for the upper classes as the French used them in glorious ways and of the abject poor who would live on them when nothing else could be grown However with all these new items came new issues including rot and famine which cost many people their lives and livelihood Standage continues his detailed analysis by showing how food could also be used as a weapon killing than any traditional military tool Napoleon s miscalculations when invading Russia in 1812 cost him greatly because French troops ran out of food and could not continue forcing the little general to retreat after trying to take Moscow for his own Power also came in the form of communist collectives where Stalin and Mao tried to use agricultural plans to support their respective countries but things became dire and massive famines ensued Standage explores this at length and leaves the reader in little doubt that suffering through lack of food proved to be punishing than any musket or bullet The last portion of the book looks to the green movement of food its growth with the assistance of some outside forces Nitrogen has been proven to be a much needed substance to spur along the growth and healthy development of crops The controversies around fertilizer and modification outside of the normal means is surely one that continued into the 21st century but there is no easy answer Many have tried to create bumper crops but at what cost Food may be the sustaining force that keeps humans alive but does there come a time when too much tinkering makes our food worse for us rather than better This is highly thought provoking piece that kept me completely hooked until the very last page I love learning so much and Tom Standage delivers in this literary ten course feast Recommended to those who enjoy learning about the nonfood uses of food as well as the reader with a passion for history of a different varietyI mentioned in a previous review of a Tom Standage piece how much looking at history and world events through unorthodox means makes me appreciate it even The author does a masterful job throughout filling this book with information open to multiple interpretations on a subject few would likely have expected to be its foundation While only offering a brief outline of his arguments above I have tried to show how Standage uses an array of concrete examples to substantiate his hypotheses in each chapter These twelve strong chapters explore the history of a food based theme and then discuss social political and economic impacts on world history The writing is not overly academic but there is also than a superficial analysis of the topics at hand reuiring than a passing interest in the topic to really extract all that Standage has to offer I was pleased to have been so enthralled and to be able to push through as my mind tries to understand the topics Standage puts on offer I will need a while to truly comprehend all that I read and how food has made such a differenceKudos Mr Standage for an amazing reading experience I hope others will find your books and discover the magic you weave into every pageLovehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All 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An Edible History of Humanity Free read ✓ 102 Free download µ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free é Tom Standage Read & download An Edible History of Humanity Alitarianism of hunter gatherers is as Tom Standage reveals as interesting as the details of the complex cultures that emerged eventually interconnected by commerce Trade in exotic spices in particular spawned the age of exploration and the colonization of the New World Food's influence over the course of history has been just as prevalent in modern times In the late eighteenth century Britain's solution to food shortages was to industrialize and import food rather than grow it Food helped to determine the outcome of wars Napoleon's rise and fall was intimately connected wit. Standage looks at food from a geopolitical anthropological and ethical point of view The book is mainly about how food and agriculture have changed and keep changing history and development of humankindI didn t find absolutely everything of interest to me there for example I have read about spices and their role in the progress of mankind a countless number of times by now But there was enough other information to make it for a worthwhile readHere are some tidbits of what I found interestingStandage stands on middle ground between organic fundamentalism and blind faith in biotechnology He deftly overthrows a few myths about organic food unspoiled by civilization by pointing out that no crops are unengineered or organic any and have not been since the beginnings of agriculture The varieties of plants we eat today are very different and very remote from the plants they originated from Almost none of the foods we eat today can really be described as natural Carrots for example used to come in white or purple The sweeter orange variety that we eat nowadays was created by Dutch horticulturalists in the 16th century Grains we eat today were simple grasses with potential By the same token the varieties if rice and wheat we eat today differ significantly from the varieties people ate at the beginning of the last centuryWhen fertilizers were introduced after the First World War grains started to grow lanky and tall and kept folding over themselves So new short stalk big seadhead disease resistant varieties were widely introduced Nowadays 100% rice harvested in China and 74% of it in Asia overall and 90% of wheat in Latin America and 86% in Asia are of the new varieties and cereal yields in those countries have grown faster than the population There has been an effort to preserve the seeds of traditional varieties of plants around the world and Norway built a global seed depository Svalbard Global Seed Vault seven hundred miles from the North Pole to house them The need for such a facility became pressing after various wars destroyed national seed banks in places like Ira and Afghanistan and with them ancient varieties of fruits and cereals foreverAn obscure maize grass and other grains we eat nowadays managed to domesticate man by making him adopt a new sedentary lifestyle Funnily enough the hunter gatherers were taller and healthier and agriculture initially made man malnutritioned shorter and prone to degenerative diseases like arthritis but allowed him to reproduce much The hunter gatherers were healthier but not so numerous It s agriculture that led to the population explosion and it will be the global industrialization that most probably will put a stop to it The main reason for that is that when a society makes a transition from an agricultural to an industrial state the average wealth of that society increases and the population growth declines Standage also discusses the new trend of trying to produce everything locally and says that it only makes so much sense The carbon footprint is actually smaller when crops are produced in conditions suitable for them climatically so it s cheaper and less exhaustive for the environment to grow oranges in Egypt and potatoes on Prince Edward Island for example In fact lambs reared in England have a bigger carbon footprint than those imported to England from New Zealand transportation included The same goes for biofuel even though it s well intentioned it s a bad idea according to Standage He also makes interesting observations about food used as a political weapon Notably he discusses Berlin blockade and food airdrops among others and notices after Amartya Sen an Indian economist who won a Nobel prize in Economics in 1998 that the combination of democracy and free press make famines much less likely to occur The worst famines in history happened in communist and dictatorial states China the Soviet Union Ethiopia and Somalia and many dictators have blackmailed their countries populations with food355

  • Hardcover
  • 269
  • An Edible History of Humanity
  • Tom Standage
  • English
  • 21 November 2019
  • 9780802715883