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Industrial Agriculture: Heading for Disaster

Since the Second World War, agriculture in the northern industrialised countries has undergone a revolution. Increased mechanisation, the development and widespread use of artificial fertilisers, larger field and farm size, the development of pesticides and herbicides, continuous cropping, increasing farm specialisation, developments in livestock and plant breeding and, now, biotechnology have transformed the landscape and brought major structural changes within the farming community and within rural society.