Geographies of Agriculture
Globalisation, Restructuring & Sustainability

By Guy Robinson
September 2003
Pearson Education
ISBN: 0582356628
352 pages
$77.50 Hardcover

Agricultural Geography has changed dramatically in recent decades, reflecting the transformation of the farming industry itself. Geographies of Agriculture embraces these changes, applying ideas and methods from contemporary social science, as it moves beyond farm-based production to address current issues affecting the production and consumption of food and fiber throughout the world.

The book places special emphasis on topics that reflect globalization processes, integration of agriculture into the wider agri-food system, concern with attaining sustainable production systems, and the importance of both government and supra-government policies. Examples are drawn from North America, Western Europe and the developing world. Geographies of Agriculture will appeal especially to Geography students, but should also be of interest to a broader range of students in Sociology, Economics and Development Studies, and anyone interested in agriculture, food production and consumption, and rural development.

1 Agricultural systems
2 The changing focus of Agricultural Geography
3 Globalization of agricultural production
4 Agri-food networks
5 Government and agriculture in the Developed World
6 Specialization and diversification in the Developed World
7 The 'other side' of globalization: farming in Developing Countries
8 Solving the world food problem?
9 Land use competition
10 21st century agriculture: towards sustainability?

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