Over four thousand years ago, the Persians came up with an ingenious method of irrigation known as the qanat.
The staple food source in most of Southeast Asia is rice. It is a plant that acquires its nutrients from the water–and not the soil in which it grows.
Oh what a wondrous world. The womb. The womb of the world.
I stare out at the storm that’s brewing in front of me and quickly make the assessment that this is not the time to go anywhere. I remember how I’d once read that before the time of Genghis Khan, the Mongols were afraid of thunder. I imagine how terrifying this spellbinding sight must have been for agricultural societies. And yet – rain was a blessing. Without water, crops would never grow.