Relevance of evolution: agriculture
It would seem that with the advent of fertilizers, pesticides and biotechnology, our ability to produce crops should be limitless. What chance do insects and plant diseases stand against mighty modern agricultural technology?
But biological systems evolve. Insects and diseases evolve as new technologies are introduced. Variables change, because evolution is change over time through descent with modification. So in the fields of agriculture and economics, just as in medical science and conservation, history matters.
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Grain combine photo courtesy of USDA, photo by Gene Alexander; Onions in grocery store photo courtesy of USDA, photo by Ken Hammond.
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