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Food in Early Life Affects Fertility

Your reproductive success is influenced by the food you receive at an early stage in life, according to new research.

A research team examined church record data on births in 18th century Finland, along with agricultural data on crop yields of rye and barley from the same time and place. They found that food in very early life was related to the probability of reproducing.

Science Daily reports:

“Approximately half of the poor people who were born in a year in which both rye and barley yields were low would not go on to have any children during their entire lives. However almost everyone from a poor family born in bumper harvest years, when both crops were high, would reproduce at least once in their life.”

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