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Cultivating Science, Harvesting PowerScience and Industrial Agriculture in California$
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Christopher R. Henke

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262083737

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262083737.001.0001

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Conclusion: The Future of Agriculture in the United States

Conclusion: The Future of Agriculture in the United States

(p.169) 7 Conclusion: The Future of Agriculture in the United States
Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power

Christopher R. Henke

The MIT Press

This book explores the role of economic and technological factors in determining agricultural farming practices. The importance of neutralizing these factors to bring about changes in the agricultural practices is discussed. The book explores the trend of privatization of applied agricultural research, which, according to the advisors, is not a good trend for smaller, less-secure growers. It also focuses on the negative impact on the environment of industrial agriculture, which, in turn, is a concern for the future of U.S. food production. The role of intellectuals and scholars in providing new ideas for agricultural practices that would help change the legislative and regulatory practices regarding agriculture is also discussed.

Keywords:   economic factors, technological factors, agricultural farming practices, growers, U.S. food production, legislative practices, regulatory practices

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