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  1. I did watch the series and agree that it is worth the time investment. Your anthrolopogic summary of where we are is a good one, but I don’t think we’ve completely stopped being hunters/gatherers. It’s just that these days, we do it indoors and it requires much less caloric expenditure on our part. And the objects of our hunting/gathering? They’ve changed greatly: so readily available are the highly processed, mass-manufactured, high-fructose corn syrup/sodium/preservative-laden glossily advertised choices presented on the shelves of the places where we now go to hunt/gather. I note that some convenience stores are now carrying fresh fruits and vegetables, a good thing, but that the shelf space occupied by grocery stores’ fresh fruit/vegetables is but a small fraction of the stores’ total offerings.

  2. For an interesting, if a bit polemic description of how we got here I
    strongly recommend Michael Pollan’s “Omnivore’s Dilemma”.

  3. This is one reason I prefer to shop at two of the Asian markets in my area. The produce departments are huge, colorful, fresh and clean. The dreaded center aisles are more likely to have bulk grains and pulses, and far less overprocessed junk. There is still junk to be had, but it tends to be a smaller section and easily avoided.

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