To consider the imprint of human creativity and ingenuity on the domesticated animals and plants that support our lifestyles and provide us with our livelihoods.
Something marvelous unfolded during a period of several thousand years–something incredible and brilliant and profound that impacts us all in our daily lives. That event was the domestication of plants and animals, and it happened many times in many places and at many points in the early history of humankind. Everything that surrounds us–everything that we can see as we walk through our world–contains a story. Each holds a story of the countless individuals and communities through time and space that cooperated and interacted in such a way as to alter the world to our specifications, desires and objectives. Any tangible object is a vessel containing human history and can be used to examine the ingenuity and resiliency and creativity of Homo Sapiens as we made our first forays into exerting our control over the natural world and all of the attendant systems which are a part of it. Spaces considered to be “wild” also bear the marks of human manipulation, whether the effects were deliberate or unintentional. Domesticated plants and animals are excellent windows which allow us to see the deep imprint of history that surrounds us every day of our lives.
Read Chapter 1. See the Week 1 Module for a summary, outline and slides to go with it.⤵
Watch these brief videos: Artificial Selection and Domestication (Links to an external site.)
The Spread of Agriculture (Links to an external site.)
Read this book excerpt: I Upload this as a PDF⤵ ( Excerpt_Botany of Desire_Michael Pollan)
Choose a plant or animal from one of these lists:List of Domesticated Animals (Links to an external site.)
List of Domesticated Plants (Links to an external site.)
Submit a Word document containing the following information to Canvas:Brief summary of what you learned from reading the excerpt of The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan. What is your impression of this way of examining history (finding stories hidden in domesticated plants and (animals))?
Choose one of several animals or plants from the lists above. List the initial location of domestication, the estimated date of domestication, what it was used for in the past, and what it is used for now. Your list can include basic details that you think show an indication of the history of human involvement with the species.Feel free to read the Wikipedia entry. It is not a good source for research papers. Be sure to view the footnotes to see if there are helpful links.
Also view the entry about your chosen focus on Britannica Academic through the NOVA Libraries: https://academic-eb-com.eznvcc.vccs.edu/levels/collegiateLinks to an external site.
Answer this: What desire that humans have does this plant fulfill or represent, based on Michael Pollan’s ideas?
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