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Secret Garden of Survival – How to Grow a Camouflaged Food Forest — 3 Comments

  1. Thanks Doc. I lived in N.C. back in the 70’s for a while. Looks like you’ve got me buying another book. I bought the one about alternative building and it IS a must read for anyone thinking of doing it “outside the box”. Savon Lecoulle (think that’s how you spell his name) is my favorite builder. Again, the east coast has a much different growing season than the north west so, I hope you or other readers can give me suggestions. Black berries are a troublesome plant up here but, I figure if I plant a plant or two inside a deep cement planter as I will do with my bamboo ( you well know that it grows like a weed) I should be able to enjoy both.

  2. I found this interesting article about hunter gatherers while doing the research for the above blog post.

    Original Affluent Society
    Hunter-gatherers need only work about fifteen to twenty hours a week in order to survive.

    “The “original affluent society” is a theory postulating that hunter-gatherers were the original affluent society. This theory was first articulated by Marshall Sahlins at a symposium entitled “Man the Hunter” held in Chicago in 1966. The significance of the theory stems from its role in shifting anthropological thought away from seeing hunter-gatherer societies as primitive, to seeing them as practitioners of a refined mode of subsistence.

    At the time of the symposium new research by anthropologists, such as Richard B. Lee’s work on the !Kung of southern Africa, was challenging popular notions that hunter-gatherer societies were always near the brink of starvation and continuously engaged in a struggle for survival.[1] Sahlins gathered the data from these studies and used it to support a comprehensive argument that states that hunter-gatherers did not suffer from deprivation, but instead lived in a society in which “all the people’s wants are easily satisfied.”

    These studies show that hunter-gatherers need only work about fifteen to twenty hours a week in order to survive and may devote the rest of their time to leisure.”

    Wiki http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_affluent_society

    • While SOME groups of hunter-gatherers were undoubtedly living in an abundant location, allowing them time for leisure, other groups undoubtedly lived in more difficult conditions.

      Just as people of today have an extremely wide variety of cultures, skills, and values depending upon the resources available where they live, ancient hunter gatherers no doubt had similar variances in their lifestyle.

      Also, when a group found a particularly abundant area, they may not have needed to spend as much time getting food, but inevitably, they would need to spend more time defending that very prime area from others.

      Leisure? I think not.

      Just a different type of effort expended on different needs, more likely.

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