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Loren Cordain - Cereal grains: Humanity's double edged sword.
« on: February 14, 2007, 12:40:29 AM »
Hi all.

I have just been reading the above mentioned article and thought I'd share a bit of it. No doubt many of us have already seen it or read it but I thought I'd share for any newbies out there.

Within the introduction of the article text, is the following statement:

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The number of plant species which nourish humanity is remarkably limited. Most of the 195,000 species of flowering plants produce edible parts which could be utilized by man; however less than 0.1% or fewer than 300 species are used for food. Approximately 17 plant species provide 90% of mankindís food supply, of which cereal grains supply far and away the greatest percentage.

There is a chart attached with some amazing figures. The top 19 of the world's food crops are grains, starchy or legumes. No wonder humanity is such a disease ridden species.

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1 Wheat 468 million metric tons.
2 Maize 429 million metric tons.
3 Rice 330 million metric tons.
4 Barley 160 million metric tons.
5 Soybean 88 million metric tons.
6 Cane sugar 67 million metric tons.
7 Sorghum 60 million metric tons.
8 Potato 54 million metric tons.
9 Oats 43 million metric tons.
10 Cassava 41 million metric tons.
11 Sweet potato 35 million metric tons.
12 Beet sugar 34 million metric tons.
13 Rye 29 million metric tons.
14 Millets 26 million metric tons.
15 Rapeseed 19 million metric tons.
16 Bean 14 million metric tons.
17 Peanut 13 million metric tons.
18 Pea 12 million metric tons.
19 Musa 11 million metric tons.

That equals 1933 million metric tons of junk that the world's population is consuming. Frightening. Although, I doubt that the planet could sustain it's current population if the above foods were replaced with meat, fruit and veggies.

Cordain article: http://www.thepaleodiet.com/articles/Cereal%20article.pdf
Neander-Steve.

P.S. I've lost 12 kilograms since Jan 2, 2007. That's 26.45 pounds.