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 center 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 technological know-how, Harvesting Power, Christopher R. Henke explores the ways in which technology helped construct the Salinas Valley and California's broader farm undefined. Henke makes a speciality of the case of college of California "farm advisors," scientists stationed in counties through the kingdom who've progressed to aid growers take care of crises starting from exertions shortages to plagues of bugs. those disruptions in what Henke phrases commercial agriculture's "ecology of energy" supply a window onto how agricultural scientists and growers have collaborated -- and struggled -- in shaping this undefined. via those interventions, Henke argues, technology has served as a mechanism of fix for commercial agriculture. Basing his research on distinctive ethnographic and ancient study, Henke examines the background of state-sponsored farm advising -- specifically, its roots in revolutionary period politics -- and appears at either earlier and current practices via farm advisors within the Salinas Valley. He is going directly to research particular examples, together with the answer of a farm exertions situation in the course of global battle II on the Spreckels Sugar corporation, using box trials for selling new farming practices, and farm advisors' and growers' responses to environmental matters. past this, Henke argues that the concept that of fix is widely acceptable to different instances and that services may be deployed extra in general to inspire switch for the way forward for American agriculture.

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