The Beginnings of Agriculture

Through time, it is obvious that mankind has continued to populate planet Earth. Such has brought large civilizations since time immemorial. The lands where then discovered to be arable and so these fertile places were turned into agricultural outlets. With today’s population status, agriculture is facing a tedious challenge. That is, to be able to fully sustain the needs and wants of mankind so they can keep up their strength and be able to fulfill whatever their tasks are.

Crops and animals are popularly grown and raised in the farmlands but then again with every nation’s dream of being heralded as a progressive country, these agricultural places are then sacrificed. That means to say that many of today’s farms are now being converted into malls, apartment complex, and commercial buildings to sustain the growing needs of the state for recognition. As it is often said, a country’s agricultural basis is essential in pronouncing the social and political stability.

So, how did agriculture begin? Where do we owe these methods that are currently being used?

The Tablets of Nippur actually talk about the origins of both the city and city life. It went along with the preamble of farming. Other claims state that the Eastern Culture also makes mention of its inception. Whatever these sources say, one thing is for certain. That is, the fertile lands are very much significant in feeding the people and the world in general.

The topical anthropological studies reveal that the spread of land cultivation itself did not occur in various places all at the same moment. Some claims say that about ten years ago, it was conceptualized in the Middle East or that which is popularly referred to as the Fertile Crescent.

Prior to the knowledge in farming, the members of most communities started out as hunter-gatherers. Meaning to say, they mainly depended on hunting as their means of living as well scavenging for the products that grew naturally on the surface of the Earth.

It was due to their need to frequently move that more and more members of the community realized the need to expand. They then discovered the gifts of the land resources and then decided to stay in one place for good. In their desire to make a home, they finally thought of ways on how to provide their families with a good deal of food. From the Fertile Crescent, the concept of agricultural farming and animal raising then spread to central Asia, Europe, and America.

Researchers then agree at one point. That is, agriculture came as an invention that the earlier dwellers deemed as the answer for the need for survival and demographic growth. Essentially, the more people were added to their communities, the more that they needed a stable source of food.

The first products of their attempt in agriculture were the wheat in the Mediterranean, the corn in America, rice in Asia, and the sorghum in Africa. What followed on were the other related fields to surface and improve and among of which were the religious rites, cultural images, political power, and of course, economic relations.