Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization by Richard Manning

By Richard Manning

During this provocative, wide-ranging publication, Richard Manning deals a dramatically revisionist view of modern human evolution, starting with the monstrous elevate in mind dimension that set us except our primate kin and taken an accompanying elevate in our want for nourishment. For 290,000 years, we controlled to fulfill that want as hunter-gatherers, a kingdom within which Manning believes we have been at our such a lot human: at our smartest, most powerful, such a lot sensually alive. yet our reliance on meals made a safe offer deeply beautiful, and at last we embarked upon the rural scan that has been the heritage of our earlier 10,000 years.

The evolutionary highway is affected by failed experiments, although, and Manning means that agriculture as we've practiced it runs opposed to either our grain and nature's. Drawing at the paintings of anthropologists, biologists, archaeologists, and philosophers, with his personal travels, he argues that not just our ecological ills-overpopulation, erosion, pollution-but our social and emotional malaise are rooted within the devil's discount we made in our not-so-distant earlier. And he bargains own, feasible methods we would re-contour the trail now we have taken to resurrect what's so much sustainable and maintaining in our personal nature and the planet's.

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So too are the fields rested by a rotation of crops, And unploughed land in the meanwhile promises to repay you. Often again it profits to burn the barren fields, Firing their light stubble with crackling flame: uncertain It is whether the earth conceives a mysterious strength And sustenance thereby, or whether the fire burns out Her bad humours and sweats away the unwanted moisture, Or whether that heat opens more of the ducts and hidden Pores by which her juices are conveyed to the fresh vegetation, Or rather hardens and binds her gaping veins against Fine rain and the consuming sun’s fierce potency And the piercing cold of the north wind.

During the medieval period, the cultural center of western Europe was indeed Andalusia. It also should not be forgotten that Spain has had a long and significant agricultural history, as it possesed favourable climate and soils; what is arguably the best and most practical of the Latin agricultural treatises, De Rerum Rusticarum by Columella (see Chapter 2), originated from Cadiz, during Roman domination of the region. 1). The best known and most important of the Andalusian agronomic treatises is that by Ibn al-Awwam (sometimes known as Abu Zakariya), Kitab al-Filaha, written during the second half of the twelfth century in Seville.

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