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The History of Agriculture


Agriculture, that is, using and managing natural resources, has a long and complex history. For thousands of years, societies have relied on plants and animals for food and other items, making agriculture as vital to their survival as it is to ours. The cultivation of various crops and livestock over time and throughout the world are examined, revealing the history behind and importance of much of the food we eat today. Also covered are the techniques and equipment that have been developed over time to facilitate agricultural production.

Series: Food and Society

Interest Level: Grades 9-12

Reading Level: Grade 10

ISBN:  9781615309214 (E-book)

Copyright: ©2013

Pages: 184

“This short volume, part of Britannica’s Food and Society series, would be a worthwhile addition to a school or classroom library. Packed with valuable historical and scientific information, it would be appropriate for students in advanced or honors high school classes as well as college and adult students. It would be most useful in biology, agri–science, science and society, and history courses. It would be beneficial as a source of information for reports, debates, exhibits, special projects, and other presentations. ... Most of us are consumers of agricultural products and this book shows that there is much more to agriculture than meets the eye. This is a one–stop source containing a great deal of information that would require a lot of time and effort to locate otherwise.” —Richard Lord, NSTA Recommends, May 2013

“Understanding the background and beginnings of agriculture is what this book is all about. It charts the history and development of the agricultural industry from its earliest beginnings ... to the globalization of its enterprises today. ... The color and black and white photos add to the historical aspects as do the many sidebars. This is a good choice for high school libraries, especially those with agricultural classes.” - Carolyn Bason, Baldwin Borough Public Library

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