Agriculture was like a secret code. Once we discovered it, it unlocked a magical, controlling power over nature that until then had only belong to the realm of supernatural beings.
We discovered our power to tinker with the processes of life … that we could cull endlessly reliable sources of dinner by cordoning off “our own” pieces of earth, and bending the environment to suit our will.
We banned all other species from our space, except for those we planned to chew and swallow.
Everything we sowed and everything we reaped was aimed at maintaining a single species – ourselves.
Before agriculture, it took human beings 50,000 years to move out of Africa. After agriculture, it took humanity a tenth of that time to cover the entire globe …