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SOC2080 Week 5 Feb 7 lecture notes

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University of Guelph
SOC 2080
Anthony Winson

SOC 2080 WEEK 5 Feb 7 TuesCh 6 Consolidation of the Agro Food ComplexPre 1950s solid farming communities and strong farm organizationsPost 1950s fragmentation of farming increasing stress on communitiesformation of the agrofood complex o Differentiation of farms o Migration out of farm communitiesof agri eliminates physical limits on amounts of land that could be farmed using animalstractorizationstincreases in cost of land machinery beyond farmers control 1 tech revolution ndo 2 tech revolution adoption of mechanical power on farm steam or electricity laterCostprice squeeze takes hold costs of inputs rising faster than prices farmers receiving for their products p9394 o Cost of capitalborrow money to run who controls capitalbanks o Who controls inputs Monsanto GM seedshave to buy every year cant reuse By 1990s adoption of neoliberal policiesreduction in farm subsidiesdrastic price declines for some farm commoditieso Post war periodstable prices but not increasing o Govt policies putting priority on f
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