Humankind moved from hunter-gatherers to food production 11,000 years ago

For most of the time since the ancestors of modern humans diverged from the ancestors of the living great apes, around 7 million years ago, all humans on Earth fed themselves exclusively by hunting wild animals and gathering wild plants.  It was only within the last 11,000 years that some people turned to what is termed food production: that is, domesticating wild animals and plants  and eating the resulting livestock and crops.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

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