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October 18, 2018, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ LeClaire Community Library
Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland with author Cynthia Clampitt
Food historian Cynthia Clampitt pens the epic story of what happened when Mesoamerican farmers bred a nondescript grass into a staff of life so prolific, so protean, that it represents nothing less than one of humankind's greatest achievements. Blending history with expert reportage, she traces the disparate threads that have woven corn into the fabric of our diet, politics, economy, science, and cuisine. At the same time she explores its future as a source of energy and the foundation of seemingly limitless green technologies. The result is a bourbon-to-biofuels portrait of the astonishing plant that sustains the world. Thursday, October 18th 2018, 6:30. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.