'To Farm Or Not Too Farm' By Jared Diamond

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Ch. 6 To Farm Or Not Too Farm Summary Diamond first compares a few geographical areas that have fairly fertile climates to allow the reader to understand the much asked question in this chapter, “Why did any of them adopt food production at all? (Diamond 104)” By “them” Diamond is focusing in on the hunter-gatherers of the Southwest Asia Fertile Crescent, Southwestern Europe, The south African Cape, South west Australia, and California. Diamond says that humans did just one day decide to start farming because nobody had ever come up with the idea of planting and harvesting crops. instead, farming is the product of thousands of years of techniques that have evolved food production into what it is today. As farming began many of the people would still search for wild plants. Diamond discusses on page 107 that the Aboriginal Australians never technically farmed, however they “anticipated several elements of farming” by burning the landscape which they knew would then encourage the growth…show more content…
Diamond mentions on page 107 that a possible ideology that many people that knew about the processes of farming were thinking was, “Shall I spend today hoeing my garden (predictably yielding a lot of vegetables several months from now), gathering shellfish (predictably yielding a little meat today), or hunting deer (yielding possibly a lot of meat today, but more likely nothing)?” Humans and animals are always prioritizing by availability and preferability of food choices. Availability played a key role because as wild game was hunted, its numbers depleted and became harder to hunt, offering less possibility of a decent payoff. This is possibly why in central and southeastern Europe the hunter-gatherer lifestyle became less effective, thus being a less likely life

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