Horticulture and human culture

Janick, J., 1993, Horticulture and human culture, in: Relf, D., ‘The role of horticulture in human well-being and social development’, Timber Press , Portland

  • Author : Janick, J.
  • Year : 1993
  • Published in Book : The role of horticulture in human well-being and social development
  • Pages : 19-27
  • Outline in English : The article is on the human relationship with plants. Earth is a plant-0riented planet. The green plant is fundamental to all other life. Were humanity to perish tomorrow, vines would destroy our mighty temples and grass would soon grow in the main streets of the world. In contrast, the disappearance of plants would be accompanied by the disappearance of humankind along with every other animal. The importance we attribute to any product however. Is related to the probability or actuality of a shortage rather than intrinsic value. Thus, those are plentiful and readily available are often held in low esteem, even though our very existence may depend upon them. The oxygen we breathe, the nutrients we consume, the fuels we burn, may of the most important materials we use, are related to plant life. The story of humanity is largely a chronicle of our struggle for dominion over the environment. The efficiency of this control is thought of in terms of civilization, or culture. To a great extent, controlling the environment means controlling plant life. The perceived relationship of plants and people has changed throughout human history and is still changing. The article traces three cultural waves: pre-agricultural, and industrial, and then steps into the future.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: horticulture, well-being, history.