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GRAINS

It was in the fertile crescent, comprising modern day Jordan, Syria, Israel, Iraq and Egypt that the first cereal crops were grown and harvested systematically rather than randomly gathered whenever and wherever they happened to grow.  Were it not for the dry, hard seeds produced by various grasses – collectively referred to as cereal grains – there would be no such thing as cities, states, society or even civilisation. The eighteenth century philosopher, Rousseau, laid the blame of our moral corruption fairly and squarely on grain. The business of growing grain to feed expanding populations, he argued, resulted in mankind “fencing off his land,” leading to a collective from of vanity and moral corruption. Fast forward to the twenty-first century and modern thought may not necessarily blame society’s moral evils on grains per se but they do blame grains for many of the ailments prevalent in developed societies. Those on a paleo diet argue that in a pre-agricultural society human beings consumed nothing other than meat, vegetables and fruit – never grains. Whilst Master in the Kitchen …