Quora question: How are the lives of farmers and herders different from that of a hunter-gatherer?

The major difference between hunter/gatherers and farmers or herders is that H/Gs don’t perceive the world as scarce therefore they don’t spend a lot of energy saving up for scarce times – they don’t plant and they don’t tend animals. In the words of a M’buti Pygmy farming is “M’bafu” (stupidity) or in the words of a !Kung San man “Why should be hunt when there are so many mononongo nuts in the world?” H/Gs in Polynesia, who know about farming say that it just leads to “less varied food, more work, uncomfortable clothes, and the oppression of women.”

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