According to scientists, global change in diet began approximately 12,000 years ago and humans have been around for approximately 7 to 8 million years. The rapid change took place in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Polynesia all within a very short period of time. But what were the costs and benefits of this global shift in diet from hunting and gathering to agriculture? The research suggests that this change helps explain what makes a human now.
Life before agriculture was a savage existence hunting animals for food and roaming from one berry patch to the next. The move into agriculture advanced us out of the hand-to-mouth, day-to-day existence of hunter-gatherers and into the complex, cultured existence ‘enjoyed’ today. This domestication of animals and plants allowed humans to build complex societies eventually leading to the development of civilization. So what is the evidence?
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