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The World of Agricultural Economics
An Introduction

ISBN 9780415593601
Published May 23, 2013 by Routledge
376 Pages 62 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This textbook takes a truly international approach towards agricultural economics, uniting many different perspectives on the subject and providing insight into agriculture in general, and into how practical farming works in particular. The book is laced throughout with real world examples and other pedagogical features.

Topics covered are wide-ranging and include:

  • world food production and population
  • the food chain and food safety
  • non-foods derived from farming
  • land and soil issues
  • arable and animal production and management at farm level.

The World of Agricultural Economics: an introduction is primarily an introductory textbook for students in agricultural economics, agronomy and adjacent fields. However, its accessible approach means that it is also suitable for readers without any previous knowledge in the field, who are seeking an introduction to agriculture.

Table of Contents

Part I: Ways into Agriculture  1. Agricultural Economics: A common ground  2. Fundamentals of Agriculture  3. Market and Subsistence Oriented Agriculture  4. The Food Chain  Part II: World Agriculture  5. World Population and Food  6. Areas and Crops  7. World Animal Production  8. Agricultural Production of Non-Foods  Part III: In Need of Land and Soil  9. Access to Farmland  10. Farms and Fields  11. Soils: The World Beneath the Surface  12. Water and Plant Nutrients  Part IV: The Many Faces of Farming  13. The Growing Season  14. Weeds, Seeds and Other Crop Issues  15. Animal Production, Resources and Strategies  16. Animal Feeding, Health and Breeding  Part V: Managing the Farm and the Market  17. Managing the Farm  18. Working with Agriculture  19. Beyond the Farm Gate  20. International Agricultural Trade  21. The Safest Food Possible

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Carin Martiin is Associate Professor of Agricultural History in the Department of Economics at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.