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4861Re: OT- "Dirt Eaters"

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  • Phoenix
    Aug 6, 2010
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      This is what I was referring to under the name 'pica' in my previous post. Pica is eating things we normally would not, such as dirt, mud, clay, sand, etc.

      May your weekend be delicious,
      Demetria


      --- In Apicius@yahoogroups.com, "Laws, Amber" <amber.laws@...> wrote:
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      > “dirt eaters”, if it is a real term may have come from a time when Mesopotamians underwent an era of famine that left a large portion of the population with an iron deficiency. Several medical studies have indicated that in times of famine or in areas where foods lack vital minerals, the people are often found to eat strange things such as dirt or clay as a supplement to their diets. Animals also do this. Look up Mississippi dirt eaters, African clay eaters, and mud eating elephants. It is also speculated that a similar sort of lack of vitamin or mineral in the diet may be what causes cravings in pregnancy.
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      > “dirt farmers” comes from the era surrounding the depression when some farmers were paid to not plant crops by the government. Those that were being paid under this program were called by public, especially newspaper reporters of the day, “dirt farmers”. In addition after the droughts and excessive tornados of the “dust bowl” the name really stuck.
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      > Check out the following for more information…
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      > On “Dirt Eaters”
      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geophagy - Anthropological and historical evidence specificly mentions Mesopatamia
      > http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,884551,00.html
      > http://www.newser.com/story/15211/not-so-bad-for-dirt-eaters-to-dig-in-study.html
      > http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dirt-eater
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      > On “Dirt Farmers”
      > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dust_Bowl
      > http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dirt%20farmer
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      > Amber (Eleanor)
      >
      > From: Brent Nielsen
      >
      > Right upto the depression, another phrase is dirt farmer...what other kind is
      > there?
      > ________________________________
      > From: Correus
      >
      > <<SNIP>>
      >
      > In these books he calls the Mesopotamian farmers and villagers "Dirt Eaters". I
      > tend to recall this being slang for ancient farmers but can't seem to find the
      > reference for it.
      >
      > Am I correct or am I going daft? Anyone know id this is indeed slang for
      > farmers?
      >
      > Correus
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      > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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