- from World’s Early People
What if you had lived 10,000 years ago? You might have never traveled. But you might sit around the fire pit, listening to your grandfather tell stories about the old days.
He might remember when your people were always on the move. Your father might say, “Traveling was exciting, but the great thing about growing food instead of searching for it is simple. Nowadays, we usually have enough to eat. Yes, we have to stay close by to protect the livestock, water the plants, and scare away pests. We also have to sow seeds and harvest crops before animals get to them—but isn’t life better now?”
And it was better. Many things changed when people began to understand that they could grow a lot of food in one place. They could live in large groups close to each other, and almost everyone could get enough to eat. That innovation, or new idea, was the key to the agricultural revolution. It probably started in the Middle East, an area that includes southwestern Asia and northeastern Africa. Then more people in the major parts of the world quickly learned the basic methods of farming. Those include sowing seeds, watering soil, and harvesting. For many, these methods replaced hunting and gathering as a way of life.