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Our diets are more global than we realize, because our common food crops and animals were domesticated far away in diverse locations.

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Food: a nutritious substance we eat or drink to maintain life and growth
Domestication: a multi-generational process in which one group of organisms manages the reproduction and care of, and changes, another type of organism, typically to secure a more predictable supply of resources (e.g. humans with food crops and animals)
Centers of origin: the locations where humans domesticated a lot of crops and animals for food, often where lots of wild relatives lived
Centers of diversity: a more recent concept recognizing that high concentrations of food plant and animal varieties and related wild species aren’t always located where the plants and animals were initially domesticated

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References:

Khoury, C.K. et al. 2016. Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide. Proc. R. Soc. B 283(1832): 20160792.

Khoury, C.K. et al. 2014. Increasing homogeneity in global food supplies and the implications for food security. PNAS 111(11): 4001-4006.

McGee, H. 2004. On food and cooking: the science and lore of the kitchen. Simon and Schuster.