Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development

Creating Abundance: Biological Innovation and American Agricultural Development

by Alan L. Olmstead, Paul W. Rhode
     
 

This book argues biological innovations played a crucial, if unheralded, role in American agricultural development.See more details below

Overview

This book argues biological innovations played a crucial, if unheralded, role in American agricultural development.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521857116
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/08/2008
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The red queen and the hard reds: productivity growth in American wheat, 1800–1940; 3. Corn: America's crop; 4. Cotton: variety innovation and the making of king cotton; 5. Weevils, worms, and wilts: the red queen's cotton playground; 6. The other revolution in the cotton economy: cotton's revival in the twentieth century; 7. That 'stinking weed of America': the evolution of tobacco production; 8. California: creating a cornucopia; 9. Livestock in the farm economy; 10. Defining and redesigning America's livestock; 11. Nature's perfect food: inventing the modern dairy industry; 12. Draft power; 13. Conclusion: tying it together.

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