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  • The first great revolution in human history was the development and spread of agriculture which was about 10,000 years ago.
  • 'Agre' means field and 'cultura' means cultivation.
  • Learning to grow crops meant that man no longer had to wander around for food, and could settle down in communities.
  • Agriculture thus made it possible to sustain a larger population at one place.
  • When the human population began to rise sharply in the 19th century, the need for food increased.
  • Farming methods had to become more intensive, that is; they had to produce as much food as possible from the land available for raising crops and animals.

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