Agricultural societies cannot exist without staple crops. Several food plants, such as kola and
okra, are known to have been domesticated in western Africa, but they are all supplemental,
not staple, foods. All the recorded staple crops grown in western Africa were introduced from
elsewhere, beginning, at some unknown date, with rice and yams. Therefore, discovering
when rice and yams were introduced into western Africa would establish the earliest date at
which agricultural societies could have arisen there. Which of the following is an
assumption on which the argument depends? The argument looks pretty solid, thus we need to weaken any idea supporting a likely cultivation of staple crops before the introduction of rice and yams
A. People in western Africa did not develop staple crops that they stopped cultivating once rice
and yams were introduced. Fits my prethinking, hold.
B. There are no plants native to western Africa that, if domesticated, could serve as staple food
crops. We don't care at all about this one
C. Rice and yams were grown as staple crops by the earliest agricultural societies outside of
western Africa. earliest agricultural societies? mhm.. we don't know that
D. Kola and okra are better suited to growing conditions in western Africa than domesticated
rice and yams are. We don't care about this, moreover kola and okra are supplemental, not staple.
E. Kola and okra were domesticated in western Africa before rice and yams were introduced
there. kola and okra are not staple crops..
Can anyone please explain vvhat this argument means[/quote]
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