Until relatively recently, it was widely believed that the Amazon Rainforest was incapable of sustaining large scale human development. New findings have challenged this view, and evidence of ancient agriculture suggests that humans once developed this fragile region in ways so subtle that – in the form of carefully managed soils and prehistoric orchards – they have been hiding in plain sight all this time, challenging the basic tenants of “agriculture” as western eyes tend to recognize it. Continue reading “Unrecognized Potential: Terra Preta, Ancient Orchards, and Life in the Amazon”
How is history used to support ideology? Is violence by a government against its own civilian population ever justified? Why are certain events given priority over others in history books?
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In the beginning, there was teosinte, the wild ancestor of modern corn. Its kernels are too tough to eat or grind into flour. It was consumed not as corn on the cob or as a torilla, but instead as popcorn. Continue reading “Popcorn paved the way for the Aztec Empire”