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Unformatted text preview: ll be in east Asia (including China and India), the projected home of 60% of the world’s diabetics in 2010. Similar diet-related disease epidemics are underway in less numerous peoples (from Africans to Aboriginal Australians), involving not just diabetes but also hypertension and other conditions. Thus, these epidemics pose the same dilemma as do efforts to domesticate more wild plant and animal species: how can we ensure that agriculture spreads only happiness, and not suffering as well? s
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