There is well-founded speculation and evidence to support the idea that familiar human illnesses began when humans began tilling the soil and ceased ranging over the earth in the blossoming epoch of Civilization. Agriculture changed the diet of and the animals they kept, causing theorists to point to zoonosis as the primary culprit in human diseases.
In the book “Food of the Gods”,suggests the discovery of fermented grains supplanted the ancient wild ‘sacred ritual’ mushrooms of the nomads who followed grazing cattle and in time changed religious practice and beliefs as well as the dietary customs of people and their animals.
In Genesis 3, God curses the ground for the transgression ofand declares “in pain you will eat of its produce…and you must eat the vegetation of the field”… “Cain became a cultivator of the ground” and [God] “did not look with any favor upon Cain”……
Modern biological science is founded upon the processes of fermentation, or harnessing the activity of microbes for specific applications. The arts of fermentation have evolved ‘cultural’ distinctions and undergird the development of perhaps the most ancient of human sciences, all within the religious context of defining humanity’s relationships to the ‘gods’. Joseph Campbell has pointed out that ‘religion’ means “linking back” to attain communion with one’s god, a process that has always involved a special sacramental substance. Not by accident, fermented alcohol is called ‘spirits’. The prominence of alcohol above ‘other’ sacraments is the story of the conquest of cilvilization and the imposition of one religion over another as grain-based culture came to dominate the landscape.
From a biological perspective, the selection of crops has introduced various complex chemistries into human societies and altered genetic expression. Arno Karlen in his book “Man and Microbes” is one of many voices to identify grain-based agriculture as the beginning of human diminishment and the universalizing of mammalian disease. This biological shift is the determining factor in our ‘collectivity’ and arguably the basis of all contagion. In the modern era, the secrets of fermentation have unlocked the real Pandora’s Box.
In 2005, the film industry released a movie called “Justus von Liebig, humanity had gained its equilibrium in the civilized environment. We were on our way to becoming a healthier species after many thousands of years of setbacks.” about the murder of a young British woman in Africa who pursued the trail of an experimental vaccine to a conclusion…her death. The provocative title of the film strikes a deep chord. Civilization, or the civilizing of societies, has invited an unending tampering with the ‘ ‘ giving rise to eugenics and a tacitly accepted environment of experimentation in the guise of ‘science’. The great irony for the world’s population is that we actually, at long last, adapted well to being civilized a couple of centuries ago. Before , before and
Today, in a climate of change, the goal of biological science appears to be ‘mutation’. We will be altered whether we like it or not, and the imposition of “constant adaptive pressure” to “select” in evolutionary terms is in the hands of the Constant Gardeners.