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Foodnews 4.13.15 seeds

We sat eating dinner on a dark, cold night, talking soberly about what could possibly be in season when the soil had been frozen for so many months. My companion looked up in sudden knowledge.

“It is morbid,” he said. “Shall I tell you? It is seeds.”

It is morbid, and it is true. Throughout history, the last thing humans ate, when crops were scant or diseased and stocks were depleted, was our seeds. During the Great Famine of 1315-17, thousands starved even after unseasonable freezes and floods had passed, because famished Englishmen and Frenchmen and Germans had eaten their grain seed.

To read the full story please visit The New York Times.

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