ORIGINS OF AGRICULTURE
John Lubbock (1834-1913) in 'Prehistoric Time' (1863) wrote that
men in the Neolithic Era, became sedentary, adopting social and economic ways. They appeared in different spots; Southern Asia,
North of China and Mesoamerica.
The theory of the 'oasis' came later. Vere Golden Childe (1892-1957)
explained why men became sedentary. After destroying the vegetation richness, he had to reproduce it, domesticating it.
Lewis Robert Binfond (1930) in his theory of cultural ecology stated that is was consequence of population growth and the need to survive.
These theories do not require a college degree to be understood. But
if the destruction of previous civilizations is evident through out the architectural ruins, bones, rocks, excavations, why theoreticians complicate what is so clear. Too many mouths to feed with finite resources depending on Natures moods = hunger, total destruction.
Does it matter to know how agriculture became what it is now? Edible, ornamental and every other kind. Maybe. Nowadays, too many people jump in the environmental banwagon of their fancy or build their own.
Down these concrete/asphalt streets we have the salty/fresh water,
soil, fauna, noise, just trees, the turn off water/electricity club,
the aelolics/photovoltaic claques, in brief, too many to name, being
borne and passing away, almost at the same time.
These groups in Puercorico exist in what seems a vacuum regarding minimal theoretical frames, backgrounds. They show a w i d e ignorance, unable to define what is what, incapable of designing plans for the long run. The ignorance of the matter, the whole, is a real shame. When I have inquired, I usually get some scorn in return or a total silence. It makes impossible to reach goals.
These multiple environmental goals become mantras repeated night and day. But they will never become real. The adolescent, abrupt, superficial manner in which people worried about the environment approach them, become water and salt, spitting in the wind.
In Feisbuk, I have witnesesed the still birth of SIX groups of the environmental kind, in the last 3 months. No evident introspection, knowledge, superficial or else of the issues. Unable to create, to inspire, to develop, they pass away, with tons of words and no action.
No traces. Apaga y vamonos....Time to go.
But one has to continue looking carefully to
what really matters, the garden at home.
The Carica papaya, at 15 feet, 14 months old
is showing the first two harvest. Slowly ripening,
at what looks like 3 pounders.
The Passiflora edulis, at a younger age
shows the first fruit. A real trip for yours
truly. I started my edible gardening cycle recently.
Hoping all is fine with you and your gardens.
Apaga y vamonos.