Dale Hodgins wrote:I don't think there is any inherent difference in the people in these various societies.
Dale Hodgins wrote:They all used what they had and whatever knowledge they had to control nature to whatever extent they chose. Some chose a less destructive model.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Unfortunately, I can't think of any period in history when an Agricultural Society was defeated by hunter gatherers or this transitional group. Agricultural societies have tended to overrun the others. It is still going on, with agriculture and other industries pushing deeper and deeper into wild lands.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I think it mostly has to do with population pressure. If I worked with the wild plants on my 7 1/2 acres, I would be able to get some percentage of my own diet from it. My place is mostly forest. If I mowed it all down and it were farmed intensively, it could probably produce enough food for 50 people. There would be little room for wildlife, as humans would occupy every corner.
Dale Hodgins wrote:Food forests represent a middle ground, where greater human population is possible, without excluding almost every other living creature.