Maize is the worlds most productive food and industrial crop grown in more than 160 countries and on every continent except antarctica if by some catastrophe maize were to disappear from our food supply chain vast numbers of people would starve and global economies would rapidly collapse. By about 6000 years ago the date of the first recognizable cobs found in a cave in oaxaca maize was well on its way to becoming the grain familiar to modern consumers from central mexico maize cultivation spread south through the andes to argentina and north through the desert southwest to the great lakes. Maize for the godsbrings together new research by archaeologists archaeobotanists plant geneticists and a host of other specialists to explore the complex ways that this single plant and the peoples who domesticated it came to be inextricably entangled with one another over the past nine millennia tracing maize from its first appearance and . Maize for the gods paperback unearthing the 9000 year history of corn by michael blake university of california press 9780520286962 280pp publication date august 28 2015. Get this from a library maize for the gods unearthing the 9000 year history of corn michael blake maize is the worlds most productive food and industrial crop grown in more than 160 countries and on every continent except antarctica maize for the gods brings together new research by
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