This batch of URLs is like native corn--different textures and
colors. Happy October!
Given the prominent role of Africans and African Americans in the
agricultural history of the U.S., thought this site might interest
some of you.
Africans in America--PBS Online
It's a companion site to the new PBS television series chronicling
the history of racial slavery in the US. It's very good at
highlighting and land use and agricultural systems issues. In some
places it even goes into the land use and ag issues in the North
where native Americans were concerned.
I have a question about why we continue to use the 19th century
designations of "planter," "plantation," and "slave" rather than,
say, "landowner/landholding corporation," "large farm," and "enslaved
farmer/farmworker." Maybe Willie Lockeretz has thoughts on this.
Food in History (Syllabus)
Very interesting course at the University of Houston, and the
bibliography page (follow the links) is wonderful.
If you want a chuckle, go to Neogen's home page (linked from the
And read the elaborate apology for their Internet problems from a
company that promises "Safer food through innovation." Criminy--they
can't even get their Web site working right.
The caffeinated among you might enjoy
where you can explore this delicious, energy-intensive (up there
with chocolate...according to David Pimentel...in the energy required
to produce and process it), luxury food/drug crop that has displaced
so much rainforest, diversified cropland worldwide, and meshed so
beautifully with industrialization's need for people who don't sleep.
The history section is pretty pathetic--makes it sound like a happy
happy joy joy proposition, those coffee plantations. Otherwise, some
interesting cultural and health stuff.
Michele Gale-Sinex, communications manager
Center for Integrated Ag Systems
UW-Madison College of Ag and Life Sciences
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