I just posted a thread about corn after posting one about nuts and seeds, and was reminded of a question I’ve always had about how people who lived in deserts pulled it off , or do so even today, but mostly back in the days when everything was pretty primitive. How did the Native Americans live in the deserts of the West? How did anyone live in the deserts of the Middle East?
I recently watched an American Experience about the Dust Bowl that was very interesting, and I learned some things, one of which is that there are areas of the world, and the midwest was one such area, where it rains enough to grow food plants in large quantities. I know, this seems self-evident. but when you’ve grown up in California in the 20th Century… it seems impossible to believe that there could ever be enough natural rainfall to really grow vast amounts of food - it’s all about irrigation.
But that’s only for places like California. Which there are actually a lot of… so has there always been some kind of irrigation going on since the birth of agriculture? And/or, as noted in the title, have there always been people like the Inuit, who can somehow live on meat alone?
And why don’t they get scurvy? The Inuit, I mean. How can any human being live on meat alone?
I need to know these things…
(Factoid: there is a type of baboon that lives in the high mountains that survives almost entirely on grass, which is not something any other primate could do.)