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ANAHITA  July 1999

ANAHITA July 1999

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Re: Fw: The Ancient History of fruits and vegetables in Asia

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Genevieve <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 1 Jul 1999 16:16:54 -0400

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Jan Matthieu wrote:
>
> But the main question was: when did they start growing rice and using it as
> a main food source.
>

Like a good librarian, I went and looked it up.  According to "Food in
History" by Reay Tannahill (New York: Stein and Day, 1973):

[p. 49]  Two archeological expeditions have reported ... proof of rice
cultivation at another north Thai site, Non Nok Tha, in about 3500 BC.

[p. 52]  Rice was originally cultivated not in the well-populated
northern areas of China, but south of the Yangtse -- a foreign land,
wooded, marshy, people by nomads of a different race.  The beginnings of
rice cultivation remain obscure.  Some experts claim that there is no
evidence for it even on the Yangtse until just before 1650 BC, others
that it had already reached northern China by as early as the third
millennium BC.  If however, rice was grown in Thailand as early as 3500
BC, as recent research suggests, it is perfectly feasible that seeds and
techniques should have been transmitted to China soon after, as well as
to India during the following millennium.

[p. 124]  In the three or four centuries after 1000 BC, the spread of
dairy products seems to have been paralleled by the general spread of
rice cultivation.  Rice had been known at the time of the Indus valley
civilization, but it appears first to have become important on the other
side of India, in the region of the river Ganges.

Hope that helps.

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Genevieve <mailto:[log in to unmask]>

The World Wide Web has made it possible for anyone to find in five
hours what a competent librarian could find in five minutes. :-)

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