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From the United States to a world system: technological change, international trade, agricultural policy in the twentieth century



From the United States to a world system: technological change, international trade, agricultural policy in the twentieth century



Agriculture in a turbulent world economy Proceedings, Nineteenth International Conference of Agricultural Economists, held at Malaga, Spain, 26 August 4 September 1985: 343-352



The paper builds a comprehensive framework of the transformations of agriculture in the twentieth century, focusing mainly on the case of the USA. In examining the structural change which has laid the ground for the post war growth of agriculture and the shaping of the present world food system, the technological frontier and the roots of overproduction, power farming and its problems, crop rotations, mechanization, and the cash problem in the USA are discussed.

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