NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning

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review Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning In this provocative wide ranging book Against the Grain 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 290000 years we managed to meet that need as hunter gatherers a state in which Manning believes we were at our most human at. I was a bit unsure what to expect from this book Manning starts out with some history of agriculture and conflicts between agricultural and huntergatherer type communities and throughout I was rather expecting a Derrick Jensen type conclusion like down with agriculture return to the huntergatherer mode which didn t come In fact the conclusion was just a call for sustainable agriculture which to me seemed like a weak point to make after all the dissatisfaction with the agricultural system that Manning expressed in the foregoing chaptersBeyond that to me dissonance the book was okay Fairly dry with a lot of facts and figures and names and dates interspersed with sort of poetic personal stories here and there I also got annoyed by Manning s attitude towards vegetarianvegan diets He sees vegetarians etc apparently as nothing than rebellious teens possibly a bit sissy

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review Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning 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 10000 yearsThe 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 anthropologist. Agriculture has domesticated humans This is the argument at the center of Richard Manning s stunning history of food Written with journalistic flavor Manning explores the ways that agriculture has diminished human life and threatens the planet itselfThe book begins by exploring the hunter gatherer lifestyle in many ways superior to our own even at the height of industrial capitalism Hunter gatherers it turns out ate a wider variety of tasty foods worked far less and lived much sensually and connected than civilized humans About 10000 years ago certain groups of humans traded all this in for security namely the ability to stay in one spot and harvest grain to be stored for future food What this crop manipulation produced however was the first wealth ineuality known to the species as leaders left working the fields to their followers In time these stationary and hierarchical societies expanded and conueredkilled their hunter gatherer neighbors Soon enough crops like wheat corn and rice spread across the globe through violence and diseaseManning focuses on these three crops because as he explains some 23 of all calories consumed today originate with them In the US corn is especially dominant made into all kinds of commodities for example corn syrup which can be found in just about everything we eat now The dominance of these few grains is a conseuence of capitalism as they lend themselves easily to processing and storage making them ideal commodities But an important plot twist in the story of grain s dominance lies hidden in the open Farm subsidies especially in the US and Europe distort the market to make these crops extremely cheap at the expense of all other nutrition This has the added effect of enriching a few large agribusiness corporations like Archer Daniels Midland that grow or process them from enormous monocrop fields although at the cost of ruining millions of small farmers all over the world Our health and the health of the planet are likewise jeopardized by the overabundance of these few crops produced with massive inputs of oil and chemicalsNevertheless Richard Manning is able to summon the hope at the end of the book that our food system doesn t have to be this way Finding a distinction between agriculture and simply growing food he argues that we can build an economy based on feeding people and not just accumulating wealth Organic agriculture permaculture intercropping farmer s markets and co ops all point in this just and sustainable direction and awareness of the superiority of these human methods has been growing at a phenomenal rate If we can nourish ourselves by reconnecting with the land and our sensual natures perhaps we can also heal society and the planet Against the Grain is a big step in educating us for that effort Highly recommended

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review Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning S 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'. Some of the sociohistorical evidence that Mr Manning brings up to back how agriculture has hijacked civilization are really fascinating and at times shocking The book exposes the reader to substantial bits and pieces of anecdotes from history from the perspective of how our society has evolved and will continue to evolve around agriculture the aim of which is to benefit the few whose goal is to accumulate wealth inevitably at the expense of the masses Observing the world I can t but help agreeing with Mr Manning when he writes The political system cannot be counted on to reform agriculture because any political system is a creation of agriculture a coevolved entity The major forces that shaped and shape our world disease imperialism colonialism slavery trade wealth all are a part of the culture agriculture evolved In terms of readability I had some difficulty reading through the book because topics seemed to jump from one to another rather abruptly Also some of the conclusions that the author draws seemed rather exaggerated I agree with one previous reader who thought that Mr Pollan s Omnivore s Dilemma was a better written book on this topic of how we source our food and its impact on society and our health Nevertheless this book may be a worthwhile read for those interested in the sociohisotrical observations


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    Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning March 2 to 3 2013 Coming back to this book after 25 years stewing in sustainable agriculture environmental history and Deep Ecology made me realize how impressive Manning's accomplishment with this book was He fits a vast a

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    NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download review Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization Agriculture is one of humankind’s most troublesome experiments and it is now hopelessly in debt It has borrowed soil water and energy that it can never repay and never intended to repay — burning up tomorrow to feed today We know

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    review Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning I was a bit unsure what to expect from this book Manning starts out with some history of agriculture and conflicts between agricultural and huntergatherer type communities and throughout I was rather expecting a Derrick Jensen type conclusion like 'down with agriculture return to the huntergatherer mode' which didn't com

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    Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning review Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization Agriculture has domesticated humans This is the argument at the center of Richard Manning's stunning history of food Written with journalistic flavor Manning explores the ways that agriculture has diminished human life and threatens the planet itselfThe book begins by exploring the hunter gatherer lifestyle in many ways superior to our own even at the height of industrial capitalism Hunter gatherers it turns out ate a wider vari

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    NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download Reads like a agriculturally focused version of Jared Diamond's Guns Germs and Steel On huntingHunting enlivens the senses like no other experience giving me a taste of what it must be like to truly see and hearThe human beings who maintain these hyper refined senses are hunter gatherers Their impressive powers of perception have been noted an

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    NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning One day soon I'll give this the full review it deserves

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    NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning This book consists of two halves a history of the world and a political polemic For almost all of our existence as a species humans have been hunters fishers and gatherers People have been eating parts of hundreds of plant species; if some were deficient in some nutrients others compensated for this Agriculture meant switching to

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    NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning I think this book was unfortunately made irrelevant by a similar but better book The Omnivore's Dilemma not long after its publication At least I assume Omnivore's Dilemma came after or it's hard to believe Manning would not have uoted Pollan even once Still a fascinating and alarming read though It touched some issues that the Omnivore's Dilemma didn't include like the tremendous toll of shrimp farming on important mangrove ha

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    characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download Some of the sociohistorical evidence that Mr Manning brings up to back how agriculture has hijacked civilization are really fascinating and at times shocking The book exposes the reader to substantial bits and pieces of anecdotes from history from the perspective of how our society has evolved and will continue to evolve around agriculture; the aim of which is to benefit the few whose goal is to accumulate wealth inevitably at

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    NEW Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization ´ Richard Manning characters Ö PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ Richard Manning Richard Manning ↠ 0 Read & Download I was stunned when I picked up this book I'd been reading about the history of agricultural societies for a while and reading between the lines that agriculture has changed our society for the worse Against the Grain took all of my ideas and solidified themI had two disappointments with the book First there's a big section in the middle about the evils of modern agriculture I found that really boring since I've read a lot about that befor

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  • Paperback
  • 240
  • Against the Grain How Agriculture Has Hijacked Civilization
  • Richard Manning
  • English
  • 15 January 2020
  • 9780865477131