Food has defined human development and evolution since Homo Habilus
The single most important factor affecting development of human culture throughout prehistory and history (history being defined as what has occurred since written records have been kept, prior to that, we depend only on the archaeological record for our data) is food and how we get and produce it. How we get and produce food may also very well destroy us, as we are doing things now in agriculture that are very ill-advised.
About 10,000 years ago, the most significant revolution of all time started. This revolution dwarfs the industrial revolution, the silicon revolution and any other advance in human technology from the invention of gun powder to the atomic bomb. This is the Neolithic revolution.
The development of agriculture, which occurred in different places in this time period, dwarfs any other technological invention mankind has ever envisioned. Yet, these Stone Age ancestors who took us from hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers, did more to change the world than anyone since.
I will be exploring how the gathering and production of food changed and how it impacted human culture in future blog posts. Stay tuned, as they say 🙂