There is this fable out there that for millions of years before the advent of agriculture, man was a hunter-gatherer.
John McDougall MD has some news for you, in this video excerpt.
Humans were not so much "hunter-gatherers," as:
So what does it mean that hunting in actuality played a tiny role in the diet of man's longest development?
It means a lot.
It means man was primarily a vegetarian who, as his tools improved, got "lucky" from time to time and could eat animals for very brief moments, before the animal rotted and would produce illness if eaten.
The facts show that the importance of hunting has been vastly overrated -- and vastly overstated -- for one reason: men did it. And we all know that whatever men do is considered the most important thing to be regarded (in patriarchical societies). What women and children do is a distant second.
With the advent of agriculture somewhere between 12,000 to 50,000 years ago, large numbers of people were able to feed themselves plant foods based on the labor of a small number of people (farmers).
Over time, some of the more powerful and wealthy were then able to afford to take those cultivated plant foods and start feeding them to animals, and in turn eat the animals. Those who did this, for example were the pharoahs of Egypt (who we now know suffered from rampant heart disease), and then kings and queens and royalty, who could eat a rich animal-based diet (and who were also among the least healthy people of their time, compared to those who could not afford a rich animal-based diet).
Today in the 21st century, everyone can eat like pharoahs, kings and queens -- and we get the same awful diseases which used to be limited to the rich and powerful of the past.
Watch Dr. McDougall explain the history of food:
Read this related article that shows fossil evidence is against the hunter-gatherer theory; in fact man was hunted through most of development, not a hunter. READ ARTICLE
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