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From Dearth to Plenty: The Modern Revolution in Food Production

By: Kenneth Blaxter and Noel Robertson

296 pages, 10 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 1995 | #47143 | ISBN: 0521403227
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NHBS Price: £92.99 $118/€111 approx

About this book

Encapsulates the history of the period 1936-1986 in British agriculture, when government policy sought to aid the competitiveness of the industry.

'This compact but readable book will be an invaluable source for specialists, agricultural students, political researchers and the curious laity.' Colin Leakey, Times Higher Education Supplement


Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Social, Economic and Political Context of Agricultural Change: 1. Revolutions of the past; 2. The modern revolution, its origins and accomplishments; Part II. The Science and Technology of the Modern Agricultural Revolution: 3. Problems of measurement; 4. Mechanisation; 5. Soils, fertilisers and water; 6. The control of weeds, pests and plant diseases; 7. Breeding more productive plants; 8. Integrations and innovations in crop husbandry; 9. Hunger in the midst of plenty; 10. Better and more productive animals; 11. Animal health and disease; 12. Integrations in animal husbandry; Part III. How did the Science-Based Revolution Happen, and What is the Way Forward as Support is Withdrawn?: 13. Science during the revolution; Glossary; Index.


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