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Smallholders, Householders
Farm Families and the Ecology of Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture
Robert McC. Netting

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1993
416 pp.
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Cloth ISBN: 9780804720618
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Contrasting the prevailing theories of the evolution of agriculture, the author argues that the practice of smallholding is more efficient and less environmentally degrading than that of industrial agriculture which depends heavily on fossil fuel, chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides.

He presents a convincing case for his argument with examples taken from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas, and demonstrates that there are fundamental commonalities among smallholder cultures.

"Smallholders, Householders" is a detailed and innovative analysis of the agricultural efficiency and conservation of resources practiced around the world by smallholders.

"A magnificent work of scholarly synthesis. His book will long remain essential reading for all who claim an interest in debates about agrarian change."

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