I made this video to push back on the idea that starchy tubers are “fallback foods” for humans. I would argue that the evidence that we have suggests that starchy tubers have been fundamental to human development. I’d also argue that we should rethink paleolithic peoples role in the environment. There is significant evidence that they were active participants in remodeling plant communities to their liking rather than passive gatherers. I’d argue that for much of prehistory humans have been hunter-hoticulturists.
Enjoy the video! I poke some good-natured fun at Mark Sisson’s argument that tubers are fallback foods. I mostly pick on him because he has a concise written summary of the fallback hypothesis that does well on google.