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A History of World Agriculture

From the Neolithic Age to the Current Crisis

A History of World Agriculture
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'A magnificent book by far the best ever produced on the subject.' Samir Amin 'Replete with rich reflections on agriculture . . . It is a testament to the enormous erudition of its authors and a defense of peasant economies victimized by neoliberal policies.' Le Matin (France) A History of World Agriculture begins with the emergence of agriculture after thousands of years in which human societies had depended on hunting and gathering. It shows how agricultural techniques developed in the different regions of the world and how this extraordinary wealth of knowledge tradition and natural variety is endangered today by global capitalism as it forces the unequal agrarian heritages of the world to conform to the norms of profit. During the twentieth century mechanization motorization and specialization have brought to a halt the pattern of cultural and environmental responses that characterized the global history of agriculture until then. Today a small number of corporations have the capacity to impose on the planet the farming methods that they find most profitable. Mazoyer and Roudart propose an alternative global strategy that can safeguard the economies of the poor countries reinvigorate the global economy and create a livable future for all.
Earthscan; September 2006
529 pages; ISBN 9781849773812
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