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Eating the Past: Iowa corn

Corn on the cob
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Iowa might be about the best place on earth to grow corn but it was not domesticated there. Corn was not a crop already existing in nature that people slightly modified. Humans created it about 9,000 years ago far to the south of Iowa in the highlands of Mexico.

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