A Revolution Down on the Farm



Free Download A Revolution Down On The Farm Radingbooks.run At A Time When Food Is Becoming Increasingly Scarce In Many Parts Of The World And Food Prices Are Skyrocketing, No Industry Is Important Than Agriculture Humans Have Been Farming For Thousands Of Years, And Yet Agriculture Has Undergone Fundamental Changes In The Past 80 Years Than In The Previous Several Centuries In 1900, 30 Million American Farmers Tilled The Soil Or Tended Livestock Today There Are Fewer Than 4.5 Million Farmers Who Feed A Population Four Times Larger Than It Was At The Beginning Of The Century Fifty Years Ago, The Planet Could Not Have Sustained A Population Of 6.5 Billion Now, Commercial And Industrial Agriculture Ensure That Millions Will Not Die From Starvation Farmers Are Able To Feed An Exponentially Growing Planet Because The Greatest Industrial Revolution In History Has Occurred In Agriculture Since 1929, With U.S Farmers Leading The Way Productivity On American Farms Has Increased Tenfold, Even As Most Small Farmers And Tenants Have Been Forced To Find Other Work Today, Only 300,000 Farms Produce Approximately Ninety Percent Of The Total Output, And Overproduction, Largely Subsidized By Government Programs And Policies, Has Become The Hallmark Of Modern Agriculture A Revolution Down On The Farm The Transformation Of American Agriculture Since 1929 Charts The Profound Changes In Farming That Have Occurred During Author Paul K Conkin S Lifetime His Personal Experiences Growing Up On A Small Tennessee Farm Complement Compelling Statistical Data As He Explores America S Vast Agricultural Transformation And Considers Its Social, Political, And Economic Consequences He Examines The History Of American Agriculture, Showing How New Deal Innovations Evolved Into Convoluted Commodity Programs Following World War II Conkin Assesses The Skills, New Technologies, And Government Policies That Helped Transform Farming In America And Suggests How New Legislation Might Affect Farming In Decades To Come Although The Increased Production And Mechanization Of Farming Has Been An Economic Success Story For Americans, The Costs Are Becoming Increasingly Apparent Small Farmers Are Put Out Of Business When They Cannot Compete With Giant, Non Diversified Corporate Farms Caged Chickens And Hogs In Factory Like Facilities Or Confined Dairy Cattle Require Massive Amounts Of Chemicals And Hormones Ultimately Ingested By Consumers Fertilizers, New Organic Chemicals, Manure Disposal, And Genetically Modified Seeds Have Introduced Environmental Problems That Are Still Being Discovered A Revolution Down On The Farm Concludes With An Evaluation Of Farming In The Twenty First Century And A Distinctive Meditation On Alternatives To Our Present Large Scale, Mechanized, Subsidized, And Fossil Fuel And Chemically Dependent System.A Revolution Down on the Farm

Paul K Conkin is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History at Vanderbilt University.

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  • Paperback
  • 223 pages
  • A Revolution Down on the Farm
  • Paul K. Conkin
  • English
  • 04 November 2018
  • 9780813192420

10 thoughts on “A Revolution Down on the Farm

  1. says:

    Paul Conkin was 80 when he published A Revolution Down on the Farm He features his own memories and the farming experiences of members of his family, which illustrate a history drawn from statistics and other primary and secondary sources One of the points Conkin stresses is that the popular notion that agriculture has declined in America depends on your point of view Conkin says, agriculture has been the most successful sector in the recent economic history of the United States x Technology, but also markets, economic change and government policy decisions, reduced the number of farm operators needed to produce 89 percent of our agricultural output from around 6 million in the 1930s to less than 350,000 today xi This was a victory from the perspective of economic efficiency, and Conkin seems to think critics of this change haven t focused enough on the benefits of this change So, what does he think the benefits were, and who benefited Conkin s reminiscences of farm life in the first half of the twentieth century don t always seem to match his thesis He remembers the pace of farmwork to be leisurely, with rest periods, long lunch breaks, and the slow ha...

  2. says:

    A very good general overview of the development of agriculture in the United States The author is a historian, not a scientist, but he is also grew up as a farmer and was a spectators in some of the developments he c...

  3. says:

    If you have money and want to show it off, a top of the line combine or cotton picker is the vehicle for you At 250,000 this will show the world you have the right stuff

    Conkin, a retired history professor at Vanderbilt, has several advantages in writing this short 205 pages book on American agriculture in the last century or so He was born in 1929 to a family in east Tennessee with a 51 acre farm The cash crop on this farm was tobacco, which took up about an acre but was rather time consuming relative to the size of the plot The rest of the farm provided corn for the hogs , milk cows, chickens, oats or wheat for the horses needed for plowing and cultivating, and firewood During his high school years during the Second World War, he did the farming and saved what was at the time a tidy sum for college

    One of the ways his family was, and is typical, of the changes that took place in farming is the importance of off farm employment Starting in the mid 1930s his father worked at a Kodak plant in a nearby city Today, most people defined as farmers the official definition is selling at least 1000 of agricultural goo...

  4. says:

    This book was not exactly what I expected Given the raft of recent books about large factory farming I rather assumed this book would touch the same sorts of issues It didn t really, and unless you re really into the history of agriculture I wouldn t suggest reading this one Conkin talks in depth about how and ...

  5. says:

    Conkin does his research, and combines it with some readable chapters about how it connects to his own experiences on a farm and in a farming community in Tennessee He s not a disciple of Pollan or Berry or any of the folks he calls alternative agriculture I...

  6. says:

    Good overview of technological advancements within American farming within the last century However, he took a fairly dogmatic stance towards the use of fossil fuels, fertilizers, pesticides, soil loss and deterioration,...

  7. says:

    The author grew up on a farm and his chapters that relate to that time frame are wonderful I loved reading about farming during the 1920s to 1940s His writing got a bit dry after that mostly because he was discussing the farm policies created by the gover...

  8. says:

    The premise is good, but the book devolved into a cranky series of personal anecdotes Not only were the good old days not so good, but the present is less than desirable and the future is perilous Conkin runs out of new things to say rather quickly and gives few options or solutions.

  9. says:

    Seriously boring writing style, but great content for someone who wants a summary of the entire agriculture industry from the last 100 years Lots of emphasis on how fast the industry changed do to technology disruption mostly mechanical

  10. says:

    Personalized view of changes to American agriculture with insight on causes, from an established expert.

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