Much has happened since agricultural economists and rural sociologists met at the University of Chicago in 1946 to discuss family farming. The problems and issues related to the structure of agriculture have been intensified by current economic considerations, which promote the growth of larger-scale commercial farming operations and edge out many smaller farms owned, operated, and worked by families.
In this book, contributors from eleven nations in Europe and North America provide a comparison of farm structure under different economic and political systems, including Poland as an example of a non-market economy. In addition to providing information on how local, state, and international policies have affected the agricultural enterprise, they look at the role of farmers' organizations in policy formulation and take note of changes in farm patterns and policies that have had an impact on farm production, off-farm work, and the welfare of farm families and rural communities.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Family Farming in Britain -- Family Farming in Ireland -- Family Farming in Norway -- A Persistent Culture: Some Reflections on Swedish Family Farming -- Postwar Technological and Social Development on Family Farms: The Case of Finland -- Family Farming and the Agricultural Crisis in Denmark -- The Family Farm in the Federal Republic of Germany -- Family Farming in France: Crisis and Revival -- Family Farming in Poland -- The Social Economy of Canadian Agriculture: Family Farming and Alternative Futures -- Family Farming in the United States -- Conclusions