Why did Agriculture Happen?


‘So why did agriculture happen? […]

Historians don’t know for sure, of course, because there are no written records. But, they love to make guesses. Maybe population pressure necessitated agriculture even though it was more work, or abundance gave people leisure to experiment with domestication, or planting originated as a fertility rite – or as some historians have argued – people needed to domesticate grains in order to produce more alcohol.

Charles Darwin, like most 19th century scientists, believed agriculture was an accident, saying, “a wild and unusually good variety of native plant might attract the attention of some wise old savage.”‘

– Green. J. (2012, January 26) The Agricultural Revolution: Crash Course World History #1

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4 thoughts on “Why did Agriculture Happen?

  1. I spent 3 years at university studying just this question – and answer came there none. But learned a lot about man-deer, man-fish, and man-mollusc relationships. The evolution of a wheat plant that did not readily shed its grain might have had something to do with it, but hey, the need to keep stocking up the still, is as likely a driving force as any.

  2. We’ll never know who was the first to cultivate broccoli, but in my opinion, it was a very poor decision.

  3. I hadn’t seen that, that’s funny!

    Are you aware – look who I’m talking to, the Knowledge Lady, of course you are – that corn has evolved to the point where it is now entirely dependent on Humans for its continued survival as a species?

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