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When did we start farming?

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When did we start farming?

A traditional farming village and surrounding plowed fields in Zaire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa.
A traditional farming village surrounded by ploughed fields in Democratic Republic of the Congo. But when did farming start? (Image credit: Jason Edwards/Getty Images)

The development of farming by Homo sapiens may be the most fundamental advance of our species. It forever changed the nomadic hunter-gatherer lifestyles that all humans had followed until that time, and the farming practices established by our ancient ancestors still shape agriculture around the world today, feeding billions of people.


Farming also led to villages and then to specialized labour, and then to the advancements of arts and technologies.

But when did farming start? And why?

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