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The Conquest of Bread: 150 Years of Agribusiness in California

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  2 reviews
For over a century, California has been the world’s most advanced agricultural zone, an agrarian juggernaut that not only outproduces every state in America, but also most countries. California’s success, however, has come at significant costs. Never a family-farm region like the Midwest, California’s landscape and Mediterranean climate have been manipulated and exploited ...more
Hardcover, 382 pages
Published October 14th 2004 by The New Press (first published August 30th 2004)
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You might think this is writen by a particular anarchist from Russia, but no, its done by a Marxist geographer/agricultural studies prof out of UCB. The title is coined out of respect for Kropotkins vision though. Recently released, this is the most up to date examination of the history of the CA central valley's agriculture industry (a long line stands behind him in this field-- think Casey McWilliams). CA agricluture is "perhaps one of the wonders of the world" in it output and dramatic reorga ...more
Lawrence Coates
A very good overview of California agriculture, Marxist in outlook, adding valuable perspectives to my readings of Paul Taylor and Carey McWilliams.
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