Originally Posted by Nicola
The problem with that is explaining why develop agriculture?
If you think of the amount of work required to hand clear a field. Plant grains. Plus everything up to the harvest. Why would anybody do all that work without already eating grains?
It wasn't like they went to the local supermarket flirted with the cute sample girl. Tried the grains and thought this would be good.
It's no different then keeping animals. At some point somebody decided it was easier to keep animals then to hunt.
They weren't running corn fed cattle ranches so needed the grains for animal feed.
true, but the qualifier is "much"- people were eating some grains, really hard to quantify, but you have to figure that it was only for a few weeks a year at the most, before agriculture. my understanding is that one of the features that was bred into domestic grain was storability, that natural grains fall of the stalks and start deteriorating.
100 years ago, and in much of the world today, grains are 90% of most people's diets. that is not how we evolved.