Today I stumbled across a 1987 article from Discover magazine by Jared Diamond, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race.” It’s a fascinating look at the effects of agriculture on our health — both physical and social — as a species. The notion that agiculture made us shorter and more disease-prone is interesting enough, but he then discusses how gross social inequality — classism and sexism — might have been exacerbated by settling down to grow crops. A good, quick read that was written long before the recent interest in Paleolithic eating*, but is very relevant.
(*Updated info: I just read that in 1985, a radiologist named Boyd Eaton wrote an article for the New England Journal of Medicine called “Paleolithic Nutrition.” Loren Cordain was inspired by Eaton. Even earlier (1975), Walter L. Voegtlin wrote the book The Stone Age Diet. The Paleo movement didn’t take off til recently, however.)