Now that we have filled our stomachs this Thanksgiving Day season, I thought we might notice the release of an important product on Amazon that is iconic of a major shift in the history of economics. It’s the “Gardyn Home Indoor Smart Garden,” named by Time Magazine as “Best Invention of 2020.” But before I get to that, we first have to review some history to see why this is significant.
The default state of human food production for millions of years was a “hunting and gathering” society. The entire household (the Greek term of which we get the English term “economics”) was oriented around obtaining food for survival; people constantly hunted animals and gathered herbs, berries and other produce to consume. This often required the constant movement of a nomadic life.
But then two things changed history forever: the domestication of animals and the advent