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Welcome back to the Evolution of Eating: Part Two! In this week’s article, I plan on shedding more light on why we eat what we eat. Grab a cup of coffee, and a cookie (yep, I just said cookie, cause you’ll only eat one), find a nice chair, and settle in. We are headed to the 19th century.
Fast forward with me from the dawn of time; through wars, famine, plagues, and inventions till we hit the 19th century. We have arrived at the age of Industrialization and Urbanization. This is where we will get off and watch food revolutionize. Some advancements are for the better, others… not so much.
Just as a refresher, humans spent the greater part of history as hunter-gather/farmers, living in rural areas. Some lived in small communities for protection and trading. As time passed, population and invention grew. Towns and cities were formed. And more people began to be urbanized.
Urbanization led to more folks using less of their farming skills. Relying more on the food preservation inventions of canning, and chemical preservatives. Which led to more jobs in the new and booming food system industries. Raising your chickens, a cow or two for milk and meat, slowly became a thing of the past. Rural family farming removed homesteading philosophies.Continue reading