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Major World Crops

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Published on May 17, 2012

Video 13 of the Introduction to Ethnobotany series. Presented by Tamara Ticktin.

The number of edible plant species on earth is estimated to about 50,000. However, worldwide agriculture and human diet are dominated by a very small number of plant crops. These crops play an enormous role in shaping parts of the cultures in which they are consumed, and similarly, human cultures have played an important role in shaping the diversity and varieties of these crops. This episode discusses some the world's major world crops and examines the ways in which both their use and their production shape local cultural traditions. We draw particular attention to the ways in which the relationships between crops and cultures change as both move through space and time.

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