Was agriculture a mistake?

No doubt that we live in a time of rapid social and technological change and historic transformation.  Is this another major turning point in our evolution? Geneticist and anthropologist  Spencer Wells might agree.

Pandora’s Seed: The Unforeseen Cost of Civilization describes another major turning point in our history, when our ancestors moved from hunter/gatherers to a more agrarian society.

The decision to control our own food supply, Spencer suggests, set in motion a chain of events that has not only transformed our species at the DNA level, but has transformed human culture, with downsides we are just beginning to recognize.

Want to know more? Come to Spencer’s lecture next week at National Geographic, read his book, and/or read his essay in Seed Magazine.

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