How Corn Changed Itself and Then Changed Everything Else

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Date(s) - 04/18/2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Grand Rapids Public Library, Main Library



About 10,000 years ago, a weedy grass growing in Mexico possessed a strange trait known as a “jumping gene” transformed itself into a larger and more useful grass—the cereal grass we know as maize and then corn. Nurtured by Native Americans, this grain would transform the Americas even before first contact. Eventually, it spanned the globe and drove westward expansions in North America, built cities and inspired innovators and entrepreneurs. Vampires, whiskey, Henry Ford, time zones, Fritos, and the Chicago Bears are all part of this remarkable story. Author Cynthia Clampitt will share this foodie micro-history.