Foxtail Millet (IMAGE) Washington University in St. Louis Caption One of the key findings from the study is that the tradition of millet consumption as a staple food is very old, emerging about 8,000 years ago. Here, foxtail millet in modern day China. Credit Xinyi Liu / Washington University in St. Louis Usage Restrictions For editorial purposes License Licensed content Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.