An Ecological History of Agriculture 10,000 B.C.-A.D. 10,000

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Purdue University Press, 2002 - Nature - 363 pages
An Ecological History of Agriculture, 10,000 B.C. - A.D. 10,000 opens with the first known agriculture and ends in a future in which we might have to use fewer resources to feed more people. The book describes past and present agriculture and looks at future possibilities.
 

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Contents

An Ecological Approach
3
The Origins of Agriculture
23
An Overview of Preindustrial Agriculture
44
Pastoralism
63
The Tropics
85
Dry Lands and Dry Summer Lands
114
Humid Temperate Lands
146
Population and Agriculture
180
The Rise of Industrial Agriculture
214
Industrial Agriculture to the Present
244
Agriculture for Development
282
The Future
305
Glossary
341
Index
347
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Daniel E. Vasey is professor and chair, Department of Sociology, Divine Word College, Epworth, Iowa. He received an A.B. in history from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Illinois University. His post-graduate work on human ecology at Southern Illinois University led to an interest in the human role in managing ecosystems and in building environments. He spent several years in Papua New Guinea and has traveled extensively in England and Iceland.

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