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tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases as well as measles and bubonic plague which were brought on with the appearance of large cities. Not only were humans affected by agriculture at a physical level but socially, too, agriculture had its impacts on populations. Because hunters and gatherers who live on rations that vary on a day to day basis, it doesn’t leave room for people to live off of another’s makings. In modern farming societies, rich countries live off of poor countries’ produce as opposed to the self-sufficient hunter-gatherer; this leaves less room for inequality. Gender inequalities arise from agricultural societies because there is more room for child bearing in a society that isn’t nomadic and doesn’t require constant ‘babysitting’ practices, if you will. Nomadic societies need to take care of the child until it is able to walk and keep up with the rest of the group, whereas women in agricultural societies can have a child up to every 2 years. Diamond proposes a good argument in that domestication of people and food products often creates over population and disease, as well as famine if a crop were to fail and leave the population foodless. Farming has brought on many cruel practices because it gives into the demands of more food quicker and cheaper; slaughter houses for pigs, cows and chickens has become a gruesome practice where the animals practically can’t move while they are alive. They
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  • Spring '08
  • HARPER
  • Anthropology, Agricultural societies, Food Systems, afford proper food, modern farming societies

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