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Old 05-29-2017, 10:38 AM
MichaelEmouse MichaelEmouse is online now
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Would semi-nomadic herding have preceded sedentary farming?

Herding has the advantage that it turns grass and plants inedible to humans into meat which has nearly everything they need. You get to keep moving around to graze lands and your food moves itself.

Nutritionally, is milk much different from meat? If they're similar, herding milk-producing livestock means you can feed low quality food that lies all over the ground to an animal and then get a near complete, meat-like diet without killing the animal.

Do we know if the first grain reserves were built to feed mainly humans or their livestock?