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Agriculture and decline of human health?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 06, 2012 at 1:16 AM

Agriculture stopped physical peak evolution. Most men today look feminine and soft and have significantly less testosterone and muscle mass than men of previous generations amd it seems to get worse with time. Also most people nowadays are shorter, age terribly and die faster. We should have stayed hunter gatherers. Thoughts?

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+1 for vertical farming reference I'd upvote again for the "Lamb & Yams" phrase on your website.. I like your style. :)

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WHAT SAY YOU???

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:38 AM

You don't say? What's going to happen to my little swimmers when verticale farming kicks in?

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:47 AM

+1 for vertical farming reference I'd upvote again for the "Lamb & Yams" phrase on your website.. I like your style. :)

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Had we stayed hunter-gatherers we wouldn't be here today in the numbers we are. And you wouldn't be typings your question with your laptop or smart phone because those things probably wouldn't exist.

It's true that there's evidence that switching to agriculture made people shorter and caused decline in health. However, that might have been a short-term dip, and mostly caused by decline in variety on diet. Once agricultural people started eating a greater variety of food they became healthier again - or so I've heard with no studies to back this up now.

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on August 06, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Are you sure this started after the agricultural revolution instead of mid-way through the previous century when industrial food processing became more common? There's quite a lot of primitives out there farming and hunting occasionally, yet they also have lean yet strong, muscled physiques..

I work at a hotel every morning cooking for people in an open-window format.. Probably 90% of men who approach my window to place an order are either lean but skinny-fat, or obese. Some of them are large men who obviously carry large muscles, but you can tell they carry too much excess body fat and probably are metabolically damaged too. What use are those large, lumbering muscles when their mitochondria aren't fueling them efficiently?

Whereas your typical Masai, Kitavian, or Kung warrior looks like they'd rip your skull in half in a fight.

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