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The history of agriculture

Author: Gini Gorlinski
Publisher: Chicago : Britannica Educational Pub., 2013.
Series: Food and society.
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Agriculture?that is, using and managing natural resources?has a long and complex history. For thousands of years, societies have relied on plants and animals for food and other items, making agriculture as vital to their survival as it is to ours. The cultivation of various crops and livestock over time and throughout the world are examined, revealing the history behind and importance of much of the food we eat  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Publishing, Britannica Educational.
History of Agriculture.
Chicago : Britannica Educational Publishing, ©2013
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gini Gorlinski
ISBN: 9781615309214 1615309217
OCLC Number: 818846803
Description: 1 online resource (186 pages).
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; Introduction; Chapter 1: How Agriculture and Domestication Began; Earliest Beginnings; BP vs. BCE vs. CE; Earliest Development; Southwest Asia; Crop Rotation; The Americas; Terrace Cultivation; East Asia; Europe; Chapter 2: Early Agricultural Societies; Sumer; The Nile Valley; Nile River Irrigation; Mesoamerica; South America; North America; Chapter 3: Early Agriculture in Asia; China; Early History; The Classical-Imperial Era; Tools and Techniques; Land Use; Rice; Korea; Japan; The Indian Subcontinent; Early Historic Period. The Mughal Century (c. 1600 CE)Southeast Asia; Chapter 4: Improvements in Agriculture in the West: 200 BCE to 1600 CE; The Roman Epoch: 200 BCE to 600 CE; The Farm; Farm Implements; Cropping Systems; Harvesting and Processing; Livestock; The Medieval Period: 600 to 1600 CE; Agricultural Advances; Open-Field System; Plows and Plowing; Hand Tools; New Lands and Crops; The Windmill; Agricultural Recession; Chapter 5: Crop-Farming Changes in Western Europe: 1600 to 1800; The Norfolk Four-Course System; Enclosure; Livestock; Improvements in Technology; Plows and Farm Machinery; The Plow. Irrigation and DrainageImportance of the Americas; Agricultural Textbooks and Improvement Societies; Progess in Different Countries; Italy; Spain; Britain; Germany; Scandinavia; North America; Chapter 6: The 19th-Century Power Revolution on the Farm: c. 1792 to 1914; Mechanization; The Reaper; Plows and Plowing; Steam-Powered Equipment; Applying Science to Farming; New Fertilizers; Agricultural Research and Education; Disease; Late Blight; Farming Outside Europe; European Colonies; The United States and Australia; Chapter 7: The 20th Century: New Machines, Crops, and Farming Techniques. Developments in Power: The Internal-Combustion EngineThe Tractor; Unit Machinery; The Combine; Automobiles, Trucks, and Airplanes; New Crops and Techniques; New Crops; Sorghum; New Techniques; Chapter 8: New Strains: Genetics and the Quest for Productivity; Work in Plant Genetics; Maize, or Corn; Wheat; Rice; The Green Revolution; Genetic Engineering; Genetic Improvement in Livestock; Hogs; Sheep; Beef Cattle; Artificial Breeding; Chapter 9 : Electricity, Pest Control, and the Regulation of Agriculture; Electrification of Farms; Electrical Cooperatives; Modern Applications. Pest and Disease Control in CropsBeginnings of Pest Control; Pesticides as a Panacea: 1942-62; Integrated Control; Economics, Politics, and Agriculture; Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index; Back Cover.
Series Title: Food and society.

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Agriculture?that is, using and managing natural resources?has a long and complex history. For thousands of years, societies have relied on plants and animals for food and other items, making agriculture as vital to their survival as it is to ours. The cultivation of various crops and livestock over time and throughout the world are examined, revealing the history behind and importance of much of the food we eat today. Also covered are the techniques and equipment that have been developed over time to facilitate agricultural production.

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