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A Brief History of Agriculture

Questions

What is land?
Describe three different types of agricultural system.
Do you agree with Wendell Berry that eating is always an ‘agricultural act’?

Readings
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.