New evidence shows that ancient farming practices led to a rise in the atmospheric emission of the heat-trapping gases carbon dioxide and methane – a rise that has continued since, unlike the trend at any other time in Earth’s geologic history.
This conclusion is only thought possible because the actual source of glaciation is not grasped: glaciations were repeated 8 times in 800,000 years.
We can look to farming as an assist … in that farming laid the foundation for industrial development.
This is another way of saying that agriculture (specifically, irrigated agriculture) came along at a critical juncture in the potential rise of human civilization, which aligns cogently with both the role and timing of an Adam from the late Paleolithic, who was personally instructed on the niceties of gardening and irrigated agriculture in the environment of Eden by the Angel of the Lord Himself, according to Genesis 2:5ff. Would that Adam and Eve had better learned the lesson about both God’s ownership of the land, and the respecting of the wishes of the property owner, instead of resorting to an unlawful taking. Even viewed mythically (though I interpret it literally) the account has an important lesson to make.
There would have been, after all, comparatively few occasions for a non-king to try to lay claim to land property rights prior to extensive in situ farming. The more time and hard labor you invest in a particular plot of land, the more you’re willing to claim private ownership rights to it, and even to back that claim up with your life, if need be. Increasingly, these things would become the practical issues for which a story like Adam and Eve would serve as a vital theological and social lesson.