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Beginning about 12000 years ago the human population began a trend that completely changed the way we as a race evolved For the first time in history humans pushed beyond the restraints of traditional hunting and gathering into domestication and farming It was a change that would not only take thousands of years to prove worthy but also may have set us back on the evolutionary path at the time Along the path to this point we have been constantly changing and finding new ways to produce and maximize the yield of the crops we sow Have these changes been successful or detrimental to us The following will search into answering this questionSince the beginning increased crop production has been the ultimate goal of the farmer The very basic advances toward this included fertilization and rotation of crops These simple steps alone took thousands of years to come about Domestication perhaps was the first process to actually take place Evidence of this is prevalent throughout many parts of the world as far back as 11000 years Detection of this was done by comparing wild varieties of the product to the preferred and produced varieties Changes in size are the most common differences especially among types of grain However this domestication came about mostly through the selection process Since the people naturally selected the larger more hearty vegetable or grain those larger specimens of the species would go on to produce the next generation Though this may seem primitive it has led to the varieties we see and eat todayThe past two centuries have no doubt been the most influential and beneficial to the agricultural industry Fertilization has been around for a long time but not until recently did we really understand how to maximize the potential Native Americans have known that burring a fish while planting seeds provides a larger yield And mixing animal manure into the soil to increase production has been going on
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