The Worst Mistake Made By Humans

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In Massachusetts, there are 7,755 farms working on 523,00 acres of land (“Agricultural Resources Facts and Statistics”). This is equivalent to 817 square miles, which roughly equals the size of Jacksonville, Florida (“The Largest U.S. City”, 2014). To an uninformed civilian, this chunk of land may seem vast; however, it is quite small in comparison to the 1,565,401 square miles of farmland used in the United States today (“Agricultural Land”, 2016). Why does it matter how much farmland is in the United States? Wasn’t mass farming a good innovation for the country? Wasn’t the Agricultural Revolution a bright spot for human history? In Jack Diamond’s article, “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race”, he states that the Agricultural Revolution is the worst mistake made by humans. This assumption is correct because it affected humans negatively in several ways: home lives, health, and socially. From the beginning, the Agricultural Revolution affected the home lives of the nomads negatively. In class, the discussion began with Diamond implying that the women had “more time” once they their family switched from a hunting-gathering family to a farming family. Thusly, the women had more children. In addition, Diamond states, “nomadic hunter-gatherers have to keep their children spaced at four-year intervals . . . since a mother must carry her toddler until it 's old enough to keep up with the adults. Because farm women don 't have that burden, they can and often do…
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