In A History of the World in 6 Glasses, what effect did storing grain have on hunter-gatherer societies?plz and thankyou!!!!!!!!!!!

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lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think what you are going for that is specific to this book is that an excess amount of grain, over what the people could eat and save for seeds to grow a crop for the next year, is that the grain could be fermented into beer. Beer is one of the first alcoholic drinks known to have been made, and certainly is a reason why people might want to settle down and be farmers! In a more general sense, when people figured out that they could save seeds and grow food for the next year, it enabled a MAJOR shift in lifestyle--people could stay in the same place from year to year, rather than constantly having to move around, looking for plants to eat and animals to hunt. With this ability to stay put, came the ability to have some free time, spent doing other things than finding enough food to survive. When that happens, some people can become crafts people, some can invent things--some can make beer. Beer is a side product of the whole life-style switch, in my opinion, but a nice one.