Early man was a hunter-gather – frequently on the move, seeking to find his next meal. In these very primitive societies, there was very little opportunity for developing stability, culture and more advanced forms of civilisation. The adoption of farming methods, such as growing early forms of wheat, oats and barley allowed humans to settle in particular locations, building up more cohesive societies and embryonic city states. Farming also enabled a better diet, and gave man more free time to pursue activities other than gathering food. It is farming that enabled the development of human civilisation more than anything.