What is land?
Describe three different types of agricultural system.
Do you agree with Wendell Berry that eating is always an ‘agricultural act’?
Please read TWO of the following items:
Barry, Wendall, ‘The Pleasures of Eating’, What Are People For? Essays (Berkeley, 2010).
Friedmann, Harriet, ‘Circles of Growing and Eating: The Political Ecology of Food and Agriculture’, Food in Global History, ed. Raymond Grew (Boulder, 1999).
Li, T., ‘What is Land? Assembling a Resource for Global Investment’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 39:4 (2014), 589-602.*
Mazoyer, Marcel, and Laurence Roudart, A History of World Agriculture: from the Neolithic Age to the Present (New York, 2014), Introduction.
McMahon, Paul, Feeding Frenzy: the New Politics of Food (London, 2013), chapter 1: ‘A Brief History of Food’ and chapter 9: ‘Land Grabs’.
Meers, John, 'Agriculture', Oxford Handbook of World History, ed. Jerry Bentley (Oxford, 2011).*
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To Lean More
Bates Robert H., Markets and States in Tropical Africa: The Political Basis of Agricultural Policy (Berkeley, 2005), chapter 1.
Friedmann, Harriet, 'Food Politics: New Dangers, New Possibilities', Food and Agrarian Orders in the World-Economy, ed. Philip McMichael (Wesport, 1995).
Mazoyer, Marcel, and Laurence Roudart, ‘Sustainability of Agricultures and Globalisation’, Sustainability of the Farming Systems: Global Issues, Modelling Approaches and Policy Implications Sustainability of the Farming Systems: Global Issues, Modelling Approaches and Policy Implications, eds. Adriana Cristoiu, Tomas Ratinger, Sergio Gomez y Paloma (Seville, 2007).
Practical exercise: windowsill horticulture
Instructions given in class.