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Read online Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization In this provocative wide ranging book i Against the Grain i Richard Manning offers a dramatically revisionist view of recent human evolution beginning with the vast increase in brain size that set us apart from our primate relatives and brought an accompanying increase in our need for nourishment For years we managed to meet that need as hunter gatherers a state in which Manning believes we were at our most human at our smartest strongest most sensually alive But our reliance on food made a secure supply deeply attractive and eventually we embarked upon the agricultural experiment that has been the history of our past years .

The evolutionary road is littered with failed experiments however and Manning suggests that agriculture as we have practiced it runs against both our grain and nature s Drawing on the work of anthropologists biologists archaeologists and philosophers along with his own travels he argues that not only our ecological ills overpopulation erosion pollution but our social and emotional malaise are rooted in the devil s bargain we made in our not so distant past And he offers personal achievable ways we might re contour the path we have taken to resurrect what is most sustainable and sustaining in our own nature and the planet s by Richard Manning

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Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
Title:Against the Grain: How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
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Number of Pages:240
Category:Food, Non fiction, History, Agriculture, Science, Nutrition, Environment
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