The Agricultural Revolution What happens when farmer Bob plants the same crop in his field year after year?
Wheat Middle Ages Crop rotation 3 field system Rotate Crops each year Nothing Wheat Problem – Only 2/3 of the land is used each year Wheat Nothing
Wheat Corn Clover Year one = Corn, Year 2 =wheat, Year 3= potatoes or clover Clover– puts nutrients back in the soil, cows love it. Cows add manure How about this? Instead of rotating the fields, we rotate what crops are grown in those fields. more cows = more meat = more protein = better diet = longer life = more people = exploding population Yum!
Quick Review How did each of the items below lead to the Industrial Revolution? 3 Field System Crop Rotation Clover Jethro Tull’s Seed Drill Enclosure Movement Domestic System Textiles Factory System