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Why Do Africans Use A Staple Food That Can Cause Cyanide Poisoning?

Built in theft protection – from both animals and humans.

Cassava(native to the new world) comes in ‘sweet’ non-poisonous and ‘bitter’ varieties containing cyanide-like compounds that require lengthy processing to remove.

In a perfect world, there’s little reason to grow the bitter varietals. Processing the root into secondary products such as tapioca starch is lengthy and labor intensive.

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