|The Newsletter of the World Innovation Foundation|
October 1999 - March 2000 Vol. 3 Edition 3
|The World's Future Population Explosion & Itís Effect on Global Conditions to Humankindís Existence||News|
Xanthos Menelaou, the Deputy Chief Executive of The World Innovation Foundation is in discussions with the Government of Cyprus on matters concerning scientific and economic development. The Foundationís contacts in these fields include the Director of Economic Development within their government and also the Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Nikolaos Rolandhis. Considerations raised include the Foundation advising the Cypriot Government on the creation of new products and services and working in an advisory capacity on their incubator units for scientific and economic development.
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|In the Beginning and how Humankind developed - a Warning from History
It is for the reader to interpret what this past can teach us and what the future my hold for us all. Of the three things vital to the existence of humankind, namely food, shelter and clothing, food is the most important, because without it humankind cannot grow strong and healthy enough to provide himself or herself with the other two. This is a truism of the first order.
††Throughout history, therefore, the quest for food has occupied most of humankind's time; and out of this quest have come many of the social institutions and inventions of our time.
††Primitive humankind, like the plants and animals adapted to the conditions around his or her environment. At first humankind ate fruit, nuts, seeds, and roots which grew in the neighbourhood; very soon, however, humankind began to use his or her superior intelligence to obtain food from sources which earlier life, had seemed beyond reach. Humankind caught small animals and shellfish and ate their flesh raw. Later on humankind taught itself to make weapons of stone, wood, and iron with which to kill or snare the
|†|| larger animals and the darting of fish. Still later some primitive genius
managed to kindle the first fire, and thus paved the way for that miracle of uncommon sense which revealed the technique of
roasting and to his or her descendants. The boiling process must have followed very much later for even today primitive peoples
are still faced with the difficulty of obtaining pots or pans that are able to withstand heat. Indeed, humankind's quest for food
contributed to all forms of discovery including the basis of the first Industrial Revolution some two hundred and fifty years ago.
|†||provide more food per head than could a single hunter, and so he learned the value of co-operation and
††Arising out of this knowledge, two great changes took place in the way in which humankind lived and in the methods he or she used to obtain enough to eat. The first change occurred when he began to tame the animals which gave him food, and to collect them into herds and flocks. Humankind became a herdsman or shepherd, and as such humankind moved from place to place, guarding his or her herd from wild beasts and envious neighbours and finding fresh pastures for the animals to graze. Humankind became a nomad, but led a far happier and more responsible life than he or she has led as a hunter, because humankind had learned to control and to multiply part of his or her food supplies.
††The second change occurred with the discovery that things to eat could be grown, so that it was not necessary to depend for vegetable food on the plants which happened to grow in and around the pasture land. Instead of being a nomadic herdsman, humankind became a farmer. Farming
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