Ecology Essay

Sha Mohr
BIOZ 201
November 25, 2012

  1) What are the implications for energy resources extracted from the environment from the perspective of your group’s lifestyle?
The Hunter-Gatherers were the first, of the three groups, to live completely off of the land with a diet of mostly plants and some lean animal meats.   The Horticulturists only grew one crop at a time, which they farmed.   The Industrialists rely on machines to do their work for them.

  2) Summarize the female reproduction pattern of your group.
The Hunter-Gatherer’s females typically had 4.7 children (I guessed an average of 4 children per woman).   They breast fed continuously for an average of 4 years before giving birth to another child.   The Horticulturists’ females had an average of 6 children and only breast fed for approximately 2 years before giving birth to another child.   The Industrialists’ female’s average around 2 children and lactation vary.
What are the implications for population growth?
Fewer people were around before industry exploded.   Before machines people lived off the land and worked their own fields.   The more people, the more food needed and the less space that is available.
What are implications for women’s health?
Women in both the Hunter-gatherer and Horticulturist societies succumbed to infectious diseases or death from childbirth but women in the industrialized societies are more likely to survive because of better health care and medicines/hospitals that are available.
  3) What are the dietary features of your group?
Hunter-Gatherers ate more plants, and some lean animal meat, and therefore had more of a variety of healthy choices.   Horticulturists only farmed one crop per season along with eating animal meat so they had less of a variety.   Industrialists have more of a variety of foods but they are more processed and manufactured foods, therefore, not as healthy.
How would this diet influence the health of the people?
Variety of plants and lean meats...