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How farming planted seeds for the Internet - Patricia Russac

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What does farming have to do with invention and innovation? Permanent residences, division of labor, central government, and complex technologies--all essential for advancing civilizations--could not have been developed without the move from hunting-gathering to farming. Patricia Russac explores how farming was a major innovation leading to the civilization we know today.

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  • Educator Patricia Russac
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