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1 English 110 November 26, 2008 Research Eassy The Food-connected Evolution: Seeing How Human Society Transforms “Herding for food on a large scale was the work of the remote antiquity of most societies, when cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, and farmed fowl were brought—dare one say?—within the fold. We’re reverting to truly ancient wisdom.”(Fernandez-Armesto 75), contemporary food writer Felipe Fernandez-Armesto states in his chapter, “Breeding to Eat,” in Near A Thousand Table . From gathering to hunting to herding, and from collecting food to producing it, the innovation of acquiring food is closely related to the transformation of human society. Gathering, hunting and herding are the different processes of the herding revolution which shows how human beings become the food producer from the food collector. Without each of them, obtaining food is fragmentary. The progress of gathering, hunting, and herding techniques are based on their interactions with each other, which become more and more intense as more skills are developed. Because of the original technology and low productivity, gathering is the unavoidable and primary way of obtaining food in the Paleolithic Age. As easy as gathering is, the quality of people’s lives with regard to food are still very aboriginal. Fernandez-Armesto analyses: “It is obviously reasonable to propose that herding may have preceded hunting…which demands highly inventive technology, adjusted to an unfamiliar medium. Mollusk farming, by contrast, seems a natural extension of gathering and can be done by hand” (Fernandez-Armesto 57). By observed present- day food gatherers, anthropologists recently have found that even though the food
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2 gatherers are living on undesirable lands that nobody else wanted, they have a surprisingly abundant and reliable food supply. Stavrianos analyses the reasons why the food gatherers have plentiful food that “the food gatherers have an extraordinary knowledge of their home territory and all its plant and animal life. They cannot read or write, but they can learn and remember”(Stavrianos 31). Depending on a multitude of different plants and animals for their food supply, food gatherers were out of the danger of starvation, even though there was a drought, flood, frost, or pest . Stavrianos also shows us that “if they find some plants or animals in short supply, they are certain to make up the lack with the hundreds of others that they know they can find”(Stavrianos 33). Since the population grew larger and larger, the “ready-made” foods from nature no longer satisfied people’s demands. At that time, food was only enough for the gatherers themselves. By gathering the wildlife and farming mollusks, people scratch along and live a precarious life. Even in places where it is warm in winter and food is abundant, there are only enough resources to feed one to two food gatherers per mile. It also shows human’s strong attachment to nature. Nevertheless, when people make the epic movement from gathering foods to planting and hunting,
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