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Our radical changes to Earth’s greenery began long ago — with farms, not factories

An illustration of farm labourers working in ancient Greece.

A nineteenth-century illustration of a harvest in ancient Greece. Farming intensified around 2000 BC, when the rate of change in Earth’s plant life sped up. Credit: Docutres/Index/Heritage Images/Alamy

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Nature 593, 480 (2021)

doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-021-01336-w

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