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Too many piggies for the teats.

Can't remember their ag complex yield but it was, by today's standards, pitiful.  You can start your research href="http://www.cropyields.ac.uk/project.php">here, if you want ;-).  They would get, roughly 4 bushels for every bushel of seed compared with, roughly, the 20 to 30 bushels modern farmers can expect.  This meant they had to increase the total number of farms by using ever marginal land in order to try and maintain food production.  Eventually, they farmed areas that are not in use for field cropping even today.

Then the weather turned on them, the marginal land went out of production, some kind souls invented the Black Death, and it was all over.  The European population didn't recover until the introduction of cultivars from the Americas, particularly the potato.


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by ATinNM on Wed Dec 30th, 2009 at 10:50:53 PM EST
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