Sourced from: Infinite Health Blog, by Dr. Davis,
originally posted on the Wheat Belly Blog: 2013-02-22
It’s a Grain,
Grain, Grain, Grain World
Worldwide, 20% of all human calories come from
wheat products. 50% of all calories come from the Big 3 grains:
wheat, corn, and soy. Of all the food choices in the world, from mongongo
nuts in western Africa, to seafood in coastal areas, to coconut in the
South Pacific, the Big 3 grains now comprise half of the human diet.
At what other time in human history has such a
None. Just as we’ve never seen the likes
of Honey Boo Boo take center stage on broadcast media before, there is
NO evolutionary precedent for such a grain-based lifestyle. Not in the
1800s, not in the Middle Ages, not in the time of the Bible, not in
pre-Biblical Rome, Greece, or Egypt, not during the transition from
scavenging-hunting-gathering to agriculture, not 50,000 years ago,
not 100,000 years ago, not during the appearance of the first
Homo sapiens, not during the very first Homo species nor
pre-human predecessors Australopithecus . . . NO species of
hominids has EVER existed on a diet that looks like the modern human diet.
Our own USDA argues, via the Food Plate and
Food Pyramid, that we should increase intake of grains further
to comprise 60% of human calories. In other words, they suggest that,
not only should we consume “healthy whole grains,” but that
we should allow them to dominate diet.
Odd fact: The Big 3 grains that now dominate
worldwide diets are also the recipients of most of the attention of
geneticists to increase yield using techniques such as genetic modification
(e.g., Bt toxin corn) and chemical mutagenesis, i.e., the intentional
provocation of mutations (e.g., Clearfield wheat sold by BASF). Branded
and patented forms of these monocrop grains therefore dominate the fields
of farmers, who are also obliged (sometimes virtually forced) to purchase
the herbicides or pesticides that specific strains are tied to, such as
glyphosate-resistant corn that requires use of glyphosate, or imazamox-resistant
wheat that requires imazamox. Note that these strains have to be purchased
every season, disallowing (genetically or legally) a farmer from saving
seed at the time of harvest to use next season (as traditional farmers did
for thousands of years). Such seed strains essentially “lock”
a farmer into repeated purchase of seed and the herbicide tied to it.
Compare this system with that of locally produced,
small scale farming, in which small private operations with several dozen
or several hundred heads of livestock or chickens, smaller plots of land
to produce a variety of vegetables and fruit, many of them perennial.
Scattered, independent food production is not amenable to centralized control.
What we have in our modern food system is a world
increasingly dependent on monocultures of 3 grains, largely commanded by
Big Agribusiness, that yields control over the producers (farmers) and the
Is this a form of economic domination? Or is it
just a response to the increasing demands of an overpopulated world?