Li Liu is a professor of Chinese archeology and the author of research on the origins of agriculture on the Asian continent, which has pushed back the beginnings of Chinese farming by 12,000 years. The Daily sat down with Liu to discuss this groundbreaking discovery, her unique path to American academia and the importance of millet in the early Asian diet.
This highly structured experience matches the carefully constructed charade through which many customers interact with and experience their food. For instance, grocery stores are laid out to channel customers into the middle aisles, where brand-name, processed foods are located.
As a teaching assistant for the pilot section of Bio 44Y, I spend Wednesday afternoons accompanying 10 students of field ecology to Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. Only five miles from the main quad, we’ve battled rattlesnakes and squeezed past poison oak — but the nearest I’ve come to disaster was almost letting a wasp fly into our class van.
“Look: cereal costs more than beef, even though cattle eat grain,” my dad said. I was 7, more interested in enjoying our supermarket excursion (chances to accompany Dad on his grocery runs diminished sharply when elementary school began) than in deciphering his reference to the imbalance in food prices driven by government subsidies. As far as I could tell, cows ate grass — and there wasn’t a scrap of grass (or, in retrospect, anything natural at all) in my Count Chocula.
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