Atlas of American Agriculture: The American Cornucopia

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9780028973333: Atlas of American Agriculture: The American Cornucopia

A nice copy but has the ex-library marks and a little edgewear. Many map and much information. Fully illustrated.

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This attractive work was compiled by two geographers, one from Georgia State University and the other from the University of North Carolina. Pillsbury was one of the authors of the Atlas of American Sport [RBB S 1 93]. The first half of this oversize volume discusses 12 agricultural regions (including brief sections on Alaska and Hawaii); the second covers 24 specific crops, from aquaculture to wheat (and including sod, Christmas trees, maple sugar, and tobacco). Each crop chapter has a table listing the counties that are leading producers of that commodity. Interspersed are County Views, boxes with statistics on representative agricultural counties. Two-and three-color maps appear on almost every page, and large color photographs are liberally provided. Charts and tables provide historical data. The text highlights changes in agriculture over the years; for example, "The recent expansion in bagel restaurants has driven up the price of durum wheat." Other current trends noted include u-pick operations in urban areas, the farmland preservation movement, government subsidies, and agricultural land in Hawaii being converted to golf courses. Also found are important names in the history of agriculture and food processing, such as Welch, Birdseye, and Purdue, and large agribusinesses like Archer-Daniels-Midland. Developments in irrigation and the control of crop diseases are also covered in the text. The volume concludes with an extensive bibliography, a general index, and a place-name index.

This fascinating book deserves a place in most public and academic libraries, even those in urban areas. Sandy Whiteley

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