I have just finished a second reading of ‘Pandora’s Seed’ by Spencer Wells. I read this book a year ago when it was first released and wanted to revisit it after watching a series of documentaries on the food industry (Food Fight, Food Inc., King Corn and Vanishing of the Bees).
Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist and Exporer-in-Residence for National Geographic. His previous book ‘The Journey of Man’ was my introduction to him and his work. In ‘Pandora’s Seed’ his focus is the dramatic changes in humans, both culturally and biologically, that are a result of the agricultural revolution around 10,000 years ago.
This book is a great read that details the good, the bad and the ugly of the expected and sometimes unexpected consequences in the way we eat and live that came with agriculture.