Friday, February 04, 2005

How do you say "low-carb banana bread with added whey protein" in Cunieform?

Yup, agriculture spurred human civilization. And it's no surprise either that version 1.0 was all locally grown. Subsequent trade brought the West access to beloved cinnamon and saffron-flavored vanity of the East. And furthermore, it quite literally spread seeds of joy in the form of tomatoes, easily grown in the Mediterranean climates Italy and France once they got over that whole deadly nightshade thing. And don't forget Europe's fling with another lovable nightshade, the potato.

Sharing the tasties is all good and fun until someone gets hurt. Could the first agrarians have even imagined the ConAgra and Monsanto future that awaited their descendents? (And let's not even go down the invasive species road...)

Winona La Duke recently wrote about the modern perversion of agriculture from an Ojibwe perspective.

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