Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California (Inside Technology)

Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California (Inside Technology)


Just south of San Francisco lies California's Salinas Valley, the guts of a multi-billion greenback agricultural that dominates U. S. vegetable construction. How did the sleepy valley defined within the tales of John Steinbeck develop into the nation's "salad bowl"? In Cultivating technology, Harvesting Power, Christopher R. Henke explores the ways in which technological know-how helped construct the Salinas Valley and California's broader farm undefined. Henke specializes in the case of collage of California "farm advisors," scientists stationed in counties in the course of the country who've advanced to assist growers take care of crises starting from exertions shortages to plagues of bugs. those disruptions in what Henke phrases commercial agriculture's "ecology of strength" offer a window onto how agricultural scientists and growers have collaborated -- and struggled -- in shaping this undefined. via those interventions, Henke argues, technological know-how has served as a mechanism of fix for commercial agriculture. Basing his research on distinct ethnographic and old study, Henke examines the background of state-sponsored farm advising -- particularly, its roots in innovative period politics -- and appears at either prior and current practices by means of farm advisors within the Salinas Valley. He is going directly to learn particular examples, together with the solution of a farm exertions drawback in the course of international struggle II on the Spreckels Sugar corporation, using box trials for selling new farming practices, and farm advisors' and growers' responses to environmental concerns. past this, Henke argues that the concept that of fix is generally appropriate to different circumstances and that services will be deployed extra normally to inspire swap for the way forward for American agriculture.

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