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The Hunters Scarce Resources in the Kalahari by Richard Borshay Lee In this article Lee questions two major assumptions about the Kung bushmen The first is that the Kung bushmen are dependent on the hunting of game animals The second is that the hunter gatherer way of life is precarious unpredictable and generally a struggle To refute the first assumption Lee figured out through research that vegetables make up 60 to 80 per cent of the Bushmens diets That means only 20 to 40 per cent of the their diet comes from the unpredictable game hunting To refute assumption 2 Lee looks at the relative abundance of food He defines relative abundance as whether or not a population exhausts all the food available from a given area He found that the Bushmen do not contrary to popular belief exhaust their food supply he notes that the Kung have diet selectivity which means that they choose their food they so not eat everything This proves that Bushmen are not close to starvation because if they were they would eat everything available to them Although the Kung are nomadic they rarely wander more than six miles of the camp If they were starving they would wander further for food Lee also notes that demographic features such as life expectancy proves that Bushmen live a healthy lifestyle Kung had the same proportion of older people in their group as most industrialized nations Lee also talked about the lifestyle of the Kung The Kung only work searching for food about 2-3 days a week If they were starving they would be spending a lot more time searching for food Finally Lee examines the caloric intake of the Bushmen which closely resembles the required amount RDA Lee concludes that the
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