If you were to ask somebody what the most important aspect of life was, what
kind of answers would you get? Love? Happiness? Nope, sorry, you’re wrong. How
about I give you a hint…it makes the world go round. Well that’s easy; money makes the
world go round. Kind of, but even more than that…it allows us to keep moving forward.
You must be talking about having kids, providing a future right? Nope, wrong again.
Here are a few more hints: we do it every day. Some people do it for fun, some people do
it for work, and some people hate it. Geez, I don’t know, why don’t you just tell me? The
correct answer is food. From the beginning of time we had food. We didn’t always have
money, we didn’t always have cars, we didn’t always have computers, but we have
always had food!
People haven’t always had food at their fingertips however. Before it was possible
to run down to Dissmores for some corn, or stop by McDonalds for a burger, people had
to get the food themselves. These folks are known as the hunters and gatherers. They date
back to the very beginning of human life, and really even before that, but we’ll stick with
the humans. Before people were able to grow food on their own, breakfast, lunch and
dinner depended solely on what animals were hunted down that day or which berries or
roots had been gathered. “Until the end of the Pleistocene, all people…lived as hunter
gatherers (Farmers 2003).
As far back as we can tell, it was the legumes that are supposedly the first
domesticated plants. It was more than 10,000 years ago that peas and beans, also known
as “pulses,” were found. Along with the pulses were the cereals, or wheat and barley, that
could be collected easily (Legumes 1988). It didn’t take long however for these hunter