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Farming loses dominance for first time in 10,000 years

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 7th, 02007

Peter Magnussen wrote an excellent blog piece on the most recent International Labour Organization report that shows that for first time in 10,000 years, farming is no longer the dominant industry on the planet.

 And thus passes a tremendous milestone in the history of our species. Farming, invented around 8000 BC, quickly dominated human activity and has continued to for some 10,000 years. And we even find that the agriculture->industry->services transition doesn’t hold up globally. The industry segment simply isn’t big enough, so increasingly workers go directly from farming to services.

(Thanks to Ed Sisson for bringing this to my attention)