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  • Richard Morris
    Jesse Chisholm (JesseChisholm@usa.net) added the comment: For a good answer to why so many annuals were chosen over history for agriculture, read the book
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 17, 2003
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      Jesse Chisholm (JesseChisholm@...) added the comment:

      For a good answer to "why" so many annuals were "chosen" over history
      for agriculture, read the book "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond.
      This book has a section that talks about the domestication of plants
      and animals and why some were chosen and others weren't.

      There is a review at this site:
      http://dannyreviews.com/h/Guns_Germs_Steel.html

      But perhaps the simplest reason for annuals is the number of years
      that some perennials (for example fruit and nut trees) need to get
      established before they produce. The annuals produce the very year
      you plant them. If you need to migrate, you can plant in the new
      location and have a crop that year.

      All depends on whether you prefer being a hunter-gatherer or a
      food-cultivator.

      -Jesse Chisholm
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