THE ORIGINS OF AGRICULTURE IN EASTERN NORTH AMERICA


THE ORIGINS OF AGRICULTURE IN EASTERN NORTH AMERICA

The Wilderness Center, a non-profit Nature Center and Land Trust, produces the Wild Ideas podcast. I am featured in the latest program discussing the origins of plant domestication in the Ohio Valley. We frequently are taught that the reason ancient people decided to become farmers was to take advantage of the obvious benefits of being able to grow your own food rather than having to rely on what nature provided. You might be surprised, therefore, to learn that the benefits may not have been quite so obvious to hunters and gatherers. In fact, the biologist Jared Diamond has written that humanity’s collective decision to shift from hunting and gathering to farming may have been the “worst mistake in the history of the human race.” Check out the podcast to find out why. Brad Lepper

Posted January 3, 2013
Topics: Archaeology

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