John Keller Posted over 1 year ago Was the dawn of agriculture a benefit or a tragedy for humans? From an evolutionary standpoint, plant and animal domestication has definitely been an enormous benefit for humans, although not so much so for many of the plants and animals not domesticated. It seems our planet is currently experiencing another of its many mass extinctions, which seems to have been brought on primarily, if not exclusively, by us. Agriculture has become something of a curse on humanity simply because we have always been unwilling or unable to control our rates of population growth. Put simply, more people equals more agriculture, and more and more agriculture results in more and more ecological impact and less and less healthy food.