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How would they know anything about plants? Just by accumulating experience. Hunter-gatherers must have found the seeds of wheat's immediate ancestors easier to gather and store than other sorts of seeds. They probably used baskets or clay pots that haven't survived. But being able to store some food in a Levantine winter, mild as those would have been, would have been a definite survival advantage. Someone made the connection between the seeds and new plants appearing, and so thought to scratch up the ground and plant some of their stored seed left over from a winter once they had other spring food sources. And agriculture was born. It must have been a gradual process just like domestication of animals. And it was this development of manageable food sources that led to what we now call civilization.



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Like ancient Rome, we today are once more importing every form of exotic superstition in the hope of finding the right remedy for our sickness.
-- C. G. Jung
Richard Wilhelm: In Memoriam (1930), CW 15: pg. 60

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We are what we eat? 249 comptogf 08-Jan-12 20:26
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Re: We are what we eat? 141 carolb 10-Jan-12 20:46
Re: We are what we eat? 119 Randy 10-Jan-12 21:19
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Re: We are what we eat? 152 Aine 10-Jan-12 20:25
Re: We are what we eat? 130 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 04:11
Re: We are what we eat? 143 carolb 11-Jan-12 05:14
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Re: We are what we eat? 106 comptogf 12-Jan-12 06:06
Re: We are what we eat? 158 Aine 11-Jan-12 14:09
Re: We are what we eat? 118 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 23:42
Re: We are what we eat? 113 Aine 12-Jan-12 15:24
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 158 debraregypt 10-Jan-12 22:57
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 125 Aine 11-Jan-12 14:12
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 152 NetWorkAngel 11-Jan-12 23:02
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 162 carolb 11-Jan-12 23:29
Re: We are what we eat? 73 year old would agree 133 NetWorkAngel 12-Jan-12 00:10
Re: We really are what we eat! 103 Nolondil 11-Jan-12 04:03
Re: We really are what we eat! 124 comptogf 23-Jan-12 19:55
Re: We really are what we eat! 132 Nolondil 27-Jan-12 03:06
Re: We really are what we eat! 163 comptogf 31-Jan-12 20:16
Re: We really are what we eat! 125 Nolondil 02-Feb-12 00:02
ancient hybridizing and cultivation 133 drrayeye 12-Jan-12 11:38
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 comptogf 13-Jan-12 18:16
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 drrayeye 13-Jan-12 22:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 14-Jan-12 11:19
Climate change and the advent of agriculture worldwide 150 drrayeye 15-Jan-12 19:49
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 151 Aine 14-Jan-12 19:56
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 109 Nolondil 16-Jan-12 02:51
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 136 comptogf 16-Jan-12 05:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 124 drrayeye 17-Jan-12 00:33
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 146 Nolondil 18-Jan-12 00:10
Re: ancient hybridizing and cultivation 142 Aine 19-Jan-12 14:54
Re: We are what we eat? 127 LonelyAngel 01-Feb-12 12:58


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