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Old 05-30-2017, 03:54 PM
even sven even sven is offline
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Why did humans start farming?

It seems pretty clear to me that farming became a fall back when population density got too high to support hunter-gatherer economies. The increased political capacity that comes with farming likely then made it possible to push remaining H-G groups to increasingly marginal land.

I think this thread in general overstates the insecurity of hunter gatherer economies and overstates the upsides of farming. Small holder low tech farming is a singularly insecure and miserable way to live, and one that our ancestors stopped doing as soon as possible.

Originally Posted by aceplace57 View Post
Plants are an essential part of a humans diet. Farming isn't something done by choice. We have to do it to survive.

That seems pretty unlikely, given that we spent 90% of human history as hunter-gatherers.

Last edited by even sven; 05-30-2017 at 03:58 PM.