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by 233 · August 23, 2013 7:03 PM

For shits n gigs, I'm watching 'How Beer Saved the World' and although filled with shaky claims IMO, I think their theory on the origin of agriculture has some merit. After all, why else go through tons of processing in order to make grains... (more)

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coastalpaleo 0 · August 23, 2013 7:03 PM

Yes, thick beer was used as a food source and small beer (1% alcohol content) was used as an alternative to water because the alcohol killed the germs.

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by 35 · November 28, 2012 5:08 PM

Something that has been baffling me, are there instances of religion, literature, or just general historical records of where people have warned against the effects of grains/wheat? You would think in the last 10,000 years many people would have... (more)

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AmandaLP 0 · November 28, 2012 5:08 PM

The issues that people have had with diets started with the Industrial Revolution. Prior to that, people where eating "organic" farmed food from soil that was able to replenish its nutrients, as well as grass fed and pastured animals. Because... (more)

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by 77338 · August 06, 2012 1:38 AM

Agriculture stopped physical peak evolution. Most men today look feminine and soft and have significantly less testosterone and muscle mass than men of previous generations amd it seems to get worse with time. Also most people nowadays are... (more)

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Seppo 0 · August 06, 2012 1:37 AM

Had we stayed hunter-gatherers we wouldn't be here today in the numbers we are. And you wouldn't be typings your question with your laptop or smart phone because those things probably wouldn't exist. It's true that there's evidence that switching... (more)

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by 5810 · October 16, 2012 8:51 PM

Chris Kresser published a podcast and transcript yesterday of an interview with Mat Lalonde. The theme of the interview was "What Science Really Says About the Paleo Diet." Now, I'm not one to get caught up in the science of paleo. I do paleo... (more)

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interrobung 0 · June 14, 2012 1:33 PM

By definition, a species cannot adapt to something to which they've never been exposed. pre-existing favorable conditions in a species, upon exposure to new stimuli, are called exaptations. But Lalonde's point is still salient: there are... (more)

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by 0 · May 09, 2012 1:42 PM

i am a student doing doing agricultural economics and development internship , i was informed to submit my reseaerch topics i was looking for topics related to environmental management or macroeconomic policie or development strategies.

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by 169 · April 14, 2012 3:46 PM

I'm wondering what the best scientific resources are that relate to the paleo diet. There is a lot of money that big agra risks losing and I feat it won't be long before they go full force on the smear train. I for one would like us to be highly... (more)

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Brian_18 0 · April 14, 2012 6:10 AM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/1405197714 This has been my favorite book. It collects a massive amount of nutrition studies. It does specifically prescribe "the" paleo diet, but it's very much in line with principles. (more)

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by 11113 · April 04, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Inspired by the other thread I started, Have any other Paleo women opted to go bra-free? it made me wonder if unmanageably large breasts which are fairly common these days are a result of natural selection/preference in an agricultural-based... (more)

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by 8890 · September 05, 2011 2:45 PM

I was surprised that he was featuring Joel Salatin so much. While there is an almost-worship of grass-fed meats around here, there seems to be little talk or interest in how we actually pull that off. Where I come from, Joel Salatin is just old... (more)

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Jay_15 0 · September 05, 2011 2:45 PM

Love his stuff, the more exposure he gets the better. His ideas surely are getting a foothold and I know the group i buy from was greatly influenced to change over to his methods and offer good food to the mid west here. Hope to see more of him... (more)

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by 230 · December 19, 2011 at 10:08 PM

I was asked this question at a cookout last weekend, and I think I answered it with a few good points, but would like to hear how everyone else would respond? In 2 million years + of evolution, we were still living in caves. In a blip on the... (more)

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Householder 0 · August 23, 2011 4:54 PM

Well grains and agriculture may have been harmful to the individual human when it comes to long term health and longevity, but the truth is it was vital to the explosion we experienced as species. It allowed us to live in concentrated areas... (more)

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by 77338 · May 30, 2014 4:23 PM

when discussing paleo with vegan/vegetarian friends, they always retorted with the claim that aztecs/mayans thrived on grains yet were successful. "The Aztecs, coming south from the deserts of New Mexico, had in the 14th century occupied sites in... (more)

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Janknitz 0 · May 30, 2014 3:18 PM

Your question implies the basic fallacy of all the vegan and vegetarian proponents. There is NO culture we know of that survived only on grains and vegetables. There was always meat or fish or bird eggs or if nothing else was available they ate... (more)

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by 77338 · August 11, 2011 2:05 PM

Possible Duplicate: How environmentally responsible/green and sustainable is the paleo diet? How is paleo better for the environment,agriculture and animals? (more)

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Heather_4 0 · August 11, 2011 2:05 PM

If you eat local, pastured animals, like I do, the carbon footprint is greatly reduced, as the meat doesn't have to travel hundreds to thousands of miles, which uses way too much gas. Eating conventional meats has a huge carbon footprint.

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by 2817 · July 26, 2011 3:29 AM

I'm really into the nature-respecting aspects of this lifestyle. Part of "The Vegetarian Myth," details how life cycles are vital for good soil cultivation - bones return to the earth, break down and feed plants, essentially. As I bagged up a pile... (more)

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Alex 0 · July 26, 2011 3:29 AM

I'm out in the country, and I just toss bones and any other cooked food down the hill, south of the house. I figure the various critters will take care of it. Waste plant material and eggshells are the only things that I compost.

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by 2979 · July 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM

OK, I know this can be a controversial topic, but I think it's very relevant to the whole idea of "Paleo". Because of reading about food I've been reading about food politics (e.g., the role of agriculture in the development of hierarchical and... (more)

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barefeet 0 · July 22, 2011 at 10:15 PM

"Paleo" by itself hasn't changed my political views. However, what I've learned about how conventional wisdom regarding "healthy" foods came to be has made me more likely to look for hard facts behind decisions. I used to have this perception of... (more)

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by 75 · June 17, 2011 6:15 PM

I'm fairly new to the paleo lifestyle and I am loving every second of it. But there's a problem that has been nagging at my conscious and it has been a constant point of contention when discussing my new lifestyle with friends and family. As... (more)

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semirade 0 · June 15, 2011 5:47 PM

There is a continuous group of new paleos out there - not too familiar with the site's locations - I can only say that I too, find the question worthy of multiple repititions - since there is a lot of eco-concerned citizens - as there ought to be... (more)

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by 77338 · May 23, 2013 4:09 AM

"No species on Earth drinks the milk from another species, except humans (of some agrarian cultures). How did humans survive, even stronger and healthier, before the agrarian revolution?" I just read this. And asked myself, is this true? I know... (more)

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him 0 · October 22, 2012 9:11 AM

KILLING AND EATING AN ANIMAL IS ONE THING, INPRISINING AND STEALLING ITS MILK IS ANOTHER THING ALL TOGETHER

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by 524 · February 06, 2011 3:20 AM

I've been trying for years to tweak my diet to one that fits my ancestry, personal body, is ethical to me, and leaves me feeling healthy. I'm still not there. Much better though than as a kid, where I spent my first fourteen years either going... (more)

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nnunn 0 · February 06, 2011 3:20 AM

Love your question but don't have an answer (and unlikely anyone does - as I'm sure you know). I know what we eat is hugely important - it is the most direct and elemental way we interact with this world. So I share the idea that our food should... (more)

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by 655 · March 16, 2011 9:22 PM

http://www.foodtimeline.org/ According to this list, before agriculture, our only sources of animal protein were eggs, fish and insects. Where the heck are the brains and marrow we were supposedly scavenging that helped us become smarter... (more)

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Stringer_Bell 0 · February 02, 2011 6:35 PM

According to Spencer Wells in his book Deep Ancestry, over 80% of the male gene pool in Europe comes, not from the farmers and agriculturalists whose descendants have lived there for the last 10,000 years, but from the Paleolithic hunter-gatherers... (more)

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by 826 · August 26, 2014 6:11 AM

Undoubtedly everyone is aware of the food shortages around the world that have sparked violence recently. This is not meant to be a political question. I find it interesting and wonder how some of us would survive without our staples... (more)

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James_3 0 · January 18, 2011 6:51 AM

It's definitely a concern to me, and I actually think we're more susceptible to the shortages than the regular person (since we have particular things we want). It all leads back to the sustainability of the Paleo diet for the general population.... (more)

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by 10750 · February 25, 2011 5:04 PM

http://www.utne.com/Wild-Green/Cows-Eat-Grass-and-Other-Inflammatory-Statements.aspx Apparently, his cow comment came back to haunt him: The remark that may have sunk Mr. Salvador’s candidacy came 37 minutes into his on-campus... (more)

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Lindsay 0 · February 25, 2011 5:04 PM

Best milk in Iowa? Radiance Dairy in Fairfield. Grass fed organic Jersey Cows.

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by 3428 · July 29, 2011 at 12:43 PM

In the last ten years some amazing discoveries have taken place in western Turkey at an archaeological site called Gobekli Tepe: Some twelve thousands years ago tribes of hunter-gatherers created great monuments and villages, and then, over the... (more)

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Eva 0 · January 13, 2011 5:10 AM

I suspect it's because as a human population grows too big, it would outstrip the area's ability to sustain it with food if the population did not turn to agriculture. As long as there is tons of food on the hoof and growing wild, there is really... (more)

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by 20222 · November 27, 2010 4:28 AM

Just ran across this post by Dr. Art Ayers of Cooling Inflammation: http://coolinginflammation.blogspot.com/2008/12/paleolithic-perspective-on-biomedical.html "Agriculture focused on seed harvest results in a dramatic shift in diet and disease.... (more)

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Eva 0 · November 26, 2010 5:04 PM

The thing is, the people I know with inflammation problems do NOT have good immunity. They are sick people who get even sicker easily. The body has many lines of defense that do not require high levels of inflammation. Personally, I think the... (more)

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by 11363 · October 15, 2010 7:28 PM

British scientists have found that cancer is nearly non-existant in Egyptian mummies ( http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1320507/Cancer-purely-man-say-scientists-finding-trace-disease-Egyptian-mummies.html ). They conclude that... (more)

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Jay_9 0 · October 15, 2010 7:28 PM

Limiting omega 6s to about 4% of calories may prevent 90% of cancers. See this randomized trial (Lyon diet) which basically found 90% reductions in cancer (after the first 2 years) among those eating a 4% PUFA diet as compared to controls on the... (more)

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by 55320 · September 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Evolution didn't just stop with the invention of agriculture. Genetics have changed and there have been some genetic changes in response to agrarian foods. These genetic changes generally only affect a certain percentage of the population, often... (more)

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Bread_Eating_Beelzebub 0 · September 28, 2010 at 12:27 PM

I'll make this a wiki so that YOU and I can keep adding to it: Starch digestion: "We found that copy number of the salivary amylase gene (AMY1) is correlated positively with salivary amylase protein level and that individuals from populations... (more)

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by 1267 · September 18, 2010 1:17 AM

For the last 15 years or so Doctors, Dietitians - fitness trainers and the like have pushed a low fat high carb diet onto everyone and I fell for it hook line and sinker - only to develop insulin resistance and become overweight- when before I was... (more)

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Ben 0 · September 17, 2010 2:17 PM

+1 on Stephen's comment. Grains run the world, and there isn't enough paleo food to go around. Personally, I think it will be a LONG time! IMO the steps would have to be as follows: Solve poverty, solve greed, solve diet.

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by 2280 · April 09, 2010 1:35 PM

Has anyone been reading/watching what Monsanto is trying to do with our food supply? They already have patents on most of the world's soy supply. Most seeds used today also have patents on them? Is there really any food that we eat today that... (more)

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Louisa 0 · April 08, 2010 7:16 PM

What can we do about it? Eat paleo and support local farmers for pastured meat, organic vegetables and fruit and cut down on buying food that comes from large agro-companies..... The paleo diet automatically cuts out most things like grains,... (more)