Originally Posted by globetrotter
sorry to be specific, but can you site sources for this? my wife is an archeologist, and I've had this conversation quite a few times, I am not aware of sources that list that people ate (much) grains before agriculture.
The problem with that is explaining why develop agriculture?
If you think of the amount of work required to hand clear a field. Plant grains. Plus everything up to the harvest. Why would anybody do all that work without already eating grains?
It wasn't like they went to the local supermarket flirted with the cute sample girl. Tried the grains and thought this would be good.
It's no different then keeping animals. At some point somebody decided it was easier to keep animals then to hunt.
They weren't running corn fed cattle ranches so needed the grains for animal feed.