A new anthropological study of the Agta, a tribe of small-scale hunter-gatherers in the northern Philippines, showed that hunter-gatherers get about 10 hours more leisure time per week than those that shift to small-scale agriculture. The study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. disproves the assumption that the transition from foraging to farming resulted in an easier life.
When Agta communities engaged in more agricultural livelihood, people—particularly women—ended up working harder and losing leisure time than their hunter-gatherer relatives.
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