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Today in various parts of the world, our systems for growing food have become extremely successful, and extremely complicated. This success has led to numerous problems. One of the major ones is the unhealthy habit of eating vast amounts of food, or eating a diet only consisting of food of an unhealthy variety. Humans evolved to seek out high calorie food. If we were to encounter a lot of sweet fruit, it would be in our best interests to eat as much as we can, before another animal takes it instead. However, without the relative scarcity of high calorie food, this instinct works against us. This is a problem the world has yet to solve, and now although the child mortality rate may be low, deaths from obesity and other health conditions are shockingly high.

The internet has changed food culture in interesting ways. Websites like instagram, glorify absurdly unhealthy food, made only to look like nice. But, this could further encourage the unhealthy lifestyles we are currently living in.

However, this problem might even appear enviable to large swathes of the world which are still struggling to gain access to food. Although those of us in first world countries are enjoying easy lives with an abundance of resources, there are still many people living lives harsher than a hunter-gatherer.

All of this is contrasted by those small groups of people who are still hunter-gatherers. People who still primarily get their food from hunting or searching. However, there lives have been interrupted and hampered by others. Multiple forms of gathering or creating food are clashing, and the bigger ones are disrupting the smaller ones. Throughout the thousands of years we spent honing our ability to farm, there are myriad examples of those who refused to change. If you were to ask those living in squalid, starving conditions, they might say the hunter-gatherers are the ones who made the right choice.

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari