Killing Them Softly: Dietary Deficiencies and Food Insecurity in 20th Century Egypt

25 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2016

Date Written: March 17, 2016

Abstract

Pellagra was a significant disease in late 19th century and early 20th century Egypt caused by dietary deficiencies due to the way maize was processed in the Old World after the Columbian Exchange. Understanding the interaction of given food technologies and social structures helps us to understand the origins of government policies based on subsidizing wheat consumption through imports. Utilizing work on famines including Amartya Sen's work on India and our understanding of the Great Hunger in Ireland indicates we should think of foodstuffs as envelopes for food technologies rather than simple natural items.

Keywords: Egypt, pellagra, wheat, subsidies, famine, nutrition, maize, food security

Suggested Citation

Goldberg, Ellis, Killing Them Softly: Dietary Deficiencies and Food Insecurity in 20th Century Egypt (March 17, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2749395 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2749395

Ellis Goldberg (Contact Author)

University of Washington ( email )

Seattle, WA 98195
United States

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