Engineering food. Engineering food: making it more predictable in availability. Engineer the plants Neolithic Revolution (5000 - 10,000 years ago) Green Revolution (1940’s to 1960’s and still underway) Engineer the inputs Herbicides Pesticides. Domestication of plants.
Most domesticated plants and animals we use today were established in first few thousand years of plant domestication..
Domestication is defined as when a plant becomes dependent upon humans for its occurrence. Without humans, the crop cannot continue to reproduce in the landscape.
“The power of population is so superior to the power of the earth to produce subsistence for man that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race. “
Thomas Malthus (1798) “Essay on the Principle of Population