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Food, Land and People and World Civilizations. Debra Spielmaker, Director Utah Agriculture in the Classroom. Which of the following was the most important advancement in early civilizations?. Toolmaking (technology) Agriculture (farming, production & processing) Writing (communication).

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food land and people and world civilizations

Food, Land and People and World Civilizations

Debra Spielmaker, Director

Utah Agriculture in the Classroom

which of the following was the most important advancement in early civilizations
Which of the following was the most important advancement in early civilizations?
  • Toolmaking (technology)
  • Agriculture (farming, production & processing)
  • Writing (communication)

Are these areas of development as important today?

What is agriculture?

why farm
Why farm?
  • Decline in the availability of wild foods
  • Depletion of wild game less rewarding, easier to gather grains
  • Increased technology for collecting, processing, and storing wild foods
  • Increasing population, increase food production, better diet
  • Adopt food production or die at the hand of those who have (soldiers & germs)
centers of origin of food production
Centers of origin of food production

A question mark indicates this may be an origin or influenced by the spread of food production.

domestic mammals
Domestic Mammals
  • Meat production plus!
    • milk
    • transportation
    • plowing
    • wool
    • hides
  • Evolution with humans
    • immunity to diseases (measles, tuberculosis, smallpox, flu, pertussis, malaria)
mammalian candidates for domestication
Mammalian Candidates for Domestication
  • Why some animals were not domesticated:
    • Diet, bad feed conversion or carnivores
    • Growth rate too slow
    • Problems with captive breeding
    • Nasty disposition
    • Tendency to panic
fertile crescent
Fertile Crescent
  • Civilization; cities, writing, empires, and agriculture.
    • Mediterranean climate.
    • Easily domesticated plants.
    • Most of the plants pollinate themselves.
seeds of change most influential plants that changed the world
Seeds of Change, most influential plants that changed the world.
  • Quinine
  • Potato
  • Sugarcane
  • Cotton
  • Tea
  • Would the world have been without widespread black slavery if there
  • had been no sugar and cotton plantations?
  • What would Africa and the United States be like now?
  • Would China have become a major world power in the 19th century if it
  • had not been for the tea and opium trade?
  • Would John F. Kennedy have become a U.S. President?
tomatoes potatoes corn and beans
Tomatoes, Potatoes, Corn and Beans
  • Plants of the Americas
    • Tomato
    • Potato
    • Corn
    • Beans
    • Chocolate
    • Peppers
    • Corn
classroom ideas
Classroom Ideas
  • Taste test of old world and new world foods.
  • Plan a menu using a particular civilizations food.
  • Show video, Foods of the Ancient World (from Utah AITC).
  • Dissect a typical meal in the U.S. defining the foods origins.
  • Locate on a world map the location of old and new world foods, discuss how they have been traded and changed societies and culture.
geography determines agriculture which creates civilization and changes cultures
Geography, determines agriculture…which creates civilization and changes cultures.

How important is agriculture today?

Have our uses of agriculture changed?

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