Purpose

Take a closer look at some of the earliest farming civilizations and the plants and animals they domesticated. Download the PDF of the Agrarian and Civilization infographic.
This quick exercise using the Agriculture and Civilization Infographic has you consider the regional differences in agriculture by comparing the plants and animals that were critical in each of the regions where agriculture first appeared. This activity will help you pull simple information from the infographic to answer more complex critical thinking questions about the origins of agriculture and the inequalities in natural resources between the world zones.

Process

Study the Agriculture and Civilization Infographic and think about the following questions:
1. What are the geographic similarities between the six early agrarian civilizations highlighted on the infographic?
2. Why do you think agriculture began in the Fertile Crescent about 3,000 to 2,500 years before farming in any other location?

For Further Discussion

In the Questions Area below, post your answer to one of the questions above. Then, expand someone else’s answer for the question that you did not answer yourself.
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