Almost nothing we eat today exists in nature.
Take this carrot, for example.
Yes, this is a carrot. It is actually a wild carrot that probably existed in the ancient Persians. It tastes bitter, dry and woody. The roots may provide just enough nutrients that they are enough for very bad times.
Mother Nature supplied the prototype of the carrot, but man developed the final product as we know it today.
Carrots used to be bred for their leaves and seeds, similar to their relatives: the dill and the fennel.Eventually, someone came up with the idea that it would be interesting to chew on the root. After a few experiments and many years, this was found here in constantinople in the 6th century:
Unlike the original carrots, this carrot looks about as natural as the Homunkulus.
This would happen if our extraterrestrial rulers decided that human lips andpalms should be a delicacy.
But this has not only happened with carrots, let us take a look at the development of maize!
The situation is similar with bananas and watermelons, which benefits the vegetarians among us.
This painting of a watermelon was created only in the 17th century.
These vortices may look beautiful, but it was probably less easy to enjoy. A few years later, watermelons already look like this:
The seedless melon literally has no justification to exist.
It violates the first rule of life: reproduction. She lives to die. She lives to be consumed. She lives to serve humanity. It is an evolutionary impasse that only ends with the end of humanity.
The same applies to bananas.
People breed the delicious modern banana with its handy, tangible shape and removable shell.
Compared to their ancestors, the fruits have much smaller seeds, taste better and are filled with nutrients.
With the help of selective breeding, it was possible to “remove” the spines and create the larger, familiar, elongated purple appearance – as you can find them in the store today.
In the past, peaches were small, cherry-like fruits with little flesh.
They were not established until around 4,000 BC. domesticated by the ancient Chinese and tasted earthy and slightly salty, “like a lens”, according to Kennedy.
After thousands of years of selectively breeding farmers, the peaches are now 64 times bigger, 27% juicier and 4% sweeter.
Animals have not been spared by this human technique.
Cattle are crucial to our modern society, be it meat, work or milk. Few know that the wild ancestor of all modern cattle, the aurochs, was extinct a long time ago. His domesticated offspring live on, forever tied to humans in order to survive.
Today, the mighty aurochs romps in the representations of past civilizations, as in this seal of industal civilization.
Pigs are another example.
They were originally black and slim and far too cool for stables. They hustled across the forest floor and scoured for their own food.
With Chinese breeding, weight and fat came into focus.
This required the transformation of the lean European breeds into the beautiful “meat cylinders” that we know and love today.
Cattle were domesticated for the first time in the early Neolithic period.
Cattle breeding dates back to the 18th century and is attributed to Robert Bakewell.
The most extreme example of cow breeding is the ‘Belgian Blue’ (pictured) – a cow with twice as much muscle mass as its former wild relatives
The domestication of the chicken began in 2000 BC.
and can be traced back to four different ways (pictured) from Southeast Asia. Today, more than 50 billion chickens are bred as a food source every year, the vast majority of them in factories.
A modern chicken weighs up to three kilograms: almost twice as much as a chicken from 60 years ago
Domestic sheep are said to be from the wild mufflon (pictured) from Mesopotamia around 11000 to 9000 BC.
have emerged. Sheep are among the first animals to be domesticated by humans.
They began to develop more wool and less hair, the color of the wool and hair changed from brown to white and black
We exist because of the food we eat, but the food we eat exists because of us.