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Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How…

Neanderthals, Bandits and Farmers: How Agriculture Really Began

by Colin Tudge

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This interesting, short book attempts to completely revise the accepted views on the origins of agriculture. Tudge suggests that early humans began to manipulate their food supply by spreading favored food plants, burning to control weeds and pests and other techniques long before formal agriculture developed. This was the favored way of life for millennia, until environmental changes and population pressure forced groups in some areas into permanent agriculture as a lifestyle.
  ritaer | Dec 24, 2014 |
Interesting thesis, succinctly stated. ( )
  AsYouKnow_Bob | Oct 21, 2014 |
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Colin Tudge overturns the traditional view that farming began in the Middle East 10,000 years ago, quickly led to the Neolithic farming revolution, and ended the hunting-gathering lifestyle. Agriculture in some form had been practiced for thousands of years before that, Tudge argues. Neolithic farming was not the beginning of agriculture but the beginning of agriculture on a large scale, in one place, with refined tools.

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