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Handbook on the Human Impact of Agriculture

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Handbook on the Human Impact of Agriculture

9781839101731 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Harvey S. James, Jr.,Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri, US
Publication Date: June 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 173 1 Extent: c 464 pp
This timely Handbook synthesizes and analyzes key issues and concerns relating to the impact of agriculture on both farmers and non-farmers. With a unique focus on humans rather than animals or the environment, the book is interdisciplinary and international in scope, with contributions from sociologists, economists, anthropologists and geographers providing case studies and examples from all six populated continents.

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This timely Handbook synthesizes and analyzes key issues and concerns relating to the impact of agriculture on both farmers and non-farmers. With a unique focus on humans rather than animals or the environment, the book is interdisciplinary and international in scope, with contributions from sociologists, economists, anthropologists and geographers providing case studies and examples from all six populated continents.
 
Looking at the pervasive impact of agriculture, the Handbook explores all aspects of the production of food and fiber within the agrifood value chain, including: farmers and laborers growing crops and raising livestock, businesses supplying inputs for these operations, and processors transforming plants and animals into intermediate and finished food, beverage and clothing products. Separated into four parts, it analyzes how the agrifood industry affects farmer well-being; the application of science and technology within an agricultural context; the ways in which agriculture affects the well-being of smallholder farmers, especially in developing countries; and agriculture’s impact more broadly on society.
 
This will be a beneficial read for economics and sociology students, particularly those looking at the impacts of agriculture. Accessible and clear, the Handbook will also be helpful for policymakers and agricultural NGOs wanting a more in-depth understanding of the impact of agriculture on human life.
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‘Chapters in the Handbook on the Human Impact of Agriculture emphasize the impact that industrial technology, trade policy and the growing influence of finance capital are having on the practice of farming, and on the social institution of the household farm. It would be difficult to imagine a work that explores this topic with greater perspicuity or completeness. I will be returning to the book again and again for enlightenment on the future of our food system.’
– Paul B. Thompson, Michigan State University, US
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Contributors include: A.-R. Abdulai, S. Ahmed, A.A. Sidhoum, L. Asprooth, G.M. Baldinelli, L. Binford, K. Bronson, C.L. Christensen, D.H. Constance, A. D'Alessandro, E. Duncan, R. Ebel, G.F. Félix, J. Forney, E.D.G. Fraser, R.E. Galt, S. Gingrich, D. Giwa Daramola, L. Glenna, H.S. James, Jr., A. Kalfagianni, G. Kuehne, J.M.L. Laforge, C.Z. Levkoe, S. Lyon, J.M. MacDonald, J. McLaughlin, F. Menalled, A. Rainey, E. Ransom, S. Rotz, J. Sauer, K.A. Snyder, D. Stuart, L.-A. Sutherland, M. Vrachioli, L. Zepeda

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