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Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development [Paperback]

Item : Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development [Paperback]
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Author Author : Olmstead, Alan L., Rhode, Paul W.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0521673879
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780521673877
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 480
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100059532

This book argues biological innovations played a crucial, if unheralded, role in American agricultural development.This book demonstrates that American agricultural development was far more dynamic than generally portrayed. In the two centuries before World War II, a stream of biological innovations revolutionized the crop and livestock sectors, increasing both land and labor productivity.This book demonstrates that American agricultural development was far more dynamic than generally portrayed. In the two centuries before World War II, a stream of biological innovations revolutionized the crop and livestock sectors, increasing both land and labor productivity.This book demonstrates that American agricultural development was far more dynamic than generally portrayed. In the two centuries before World War II, a stream of biological innovations revolutionized the crop and livestock sectors, increasing both land and labor productivity. Biological innovations were essential for the movement of agriculture onto new lands with more extreme climates, for maintaining production in the face of evolving threats from pests, and for the creation of the modern livestock sector. These innovations established the foundation for the subsequent Green and Genetic Revolutions. The book challenges the misconceptions that, before the advent of hybrid corn, American farmers single-mindedly invested in laborsaving mechanical technologies and that biological technologies were static.1. Introduction; 2. The red queen and the hard reds: productivity growth in American wheat, 18001940; 3. Corn: America's crop; 4. Cotton: variety innovation and the making of king cotton; 5. Weevils, worms, and wilts: the red queen's cotton playground; 6. The other revolution in the cotton economy: cotton's revival in the twentieth century; 7. That 'stinking weed of America': the evolution of tobacco production; 8. California: creating a cornucopia; 9. Livestock in the farm economy; 10. Defining and redesigninló,

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