Virginia Riggs Agriculture Revolutions Agriculture is known as a way of life. “Agriculture is the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil”(Fararias, 2015). This practice has come a long way through out the years with many technological advances. Many of the tools used today originated from the use of simple items like rocks and sticks. Farmers used different agricultural practices, for example the Mayans who practiced a slash and burn method. After World War II, there were left over chemicals, which led to the scientific discovery of fertilizers and pesticides. “The first evidence of farming appears after 9500 B.C, in the Fertile Crescent which is now present day South West Asia”(Fararias, 2015). All of these technological advances from 9500 B.C until now are what makes agriculture the science it is today. In order to farm your land to plant your crops tools are a necessity. Tools started off as simple as your hands. Everything was done with manual labor. This manual labor caused humans to have a condition called kyphosis in which the spine curves forward causing a hunch like appearance that became painful over the persons lifetime. This chronic health condition caused them to start looking for other ways to cultivate the soil to relieve their back pain. Then the “simple tool they began using was a stick”(Fararias, 2015). “Some would also use the sharp horns of animals”(Hillel). “The Egyptians developed a backed blade”(Fararias, 2015). These two items were used for digging up the soil so they could plant and harvest crops. The back blade was slowly transformed into one of the most important agriculture tools we use today. “First the stick, then the stick got an iron blade put on the end of it and was pulled by oxen because it was much to heavy for man to pull. To make this even easier for man and bison they added wheels to
the bottom of the stick so it would travel more smoothly. A wooden moldboard was then put
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