Income Inequality: Food History

After reading Tom Standage’s An Edible History of Humanity, we can see the connection between food and income inequality and the surprising significance of the pineapple. First, some history… Ancient hunter-gatherer groups had to be egalitarian. With sharing the best way to…

Food Bites

Sometimes food is about a lot more than eating. When a !Kung Bushman hunter returns from the forest, he is greeted with, “What, you made us come all this way for this bag of bones?” One Bushman explained why. “When a young…

6 Drinks of Economic History

Combine “spirits,” beer, wine, coffee, tea and Coca-Cola and you get some interesting economic history. Spirits: In 1758, George Washington was elected to Virginia’s House of Burgesses. Some attribute his victory to entertaining his neighbors with 160 gallons of rum,…