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By Jane Adams

ISBN-10: 0812236955

ISBN-13: 9780812236958

In North the US business agriculture has now nearly displaced different relations farming. the present method relies seriously on hard work provided by means of migrants and immigrants, and its reliance on monoculture increases environmental matters. during this e-book Jane Adams and contributors—anthropologists and political scientists between them—analyze the political dynamics that experience reworked agriculture within the usa and Canada because the Twenties. The members exhibit that folks develop into politically energetic in arenas that variety from the kingdom to public discourse to kinfolk among growers and their contractors or employees, and that politics is a approach that's in detail neighborhood in addition to global.

The farm monetary challenge of the Eighties induced speedy consolidation of farms and a pointy decline in rural populations. It introduced new actors into the political technique, together with natural farmers and environmentalists. Fighting for the Farm: Rural the United States Transformed considers the politics of farm coverage and the implications of the expanding alignment of agricultural pursuits with the worldwide economic system. the 1st component of the e-book locations North American agriculture within the context of the realm method; the second one, a chain of case reports, examines the principles of present U.S. coverage; next sections care for the political implications for everyday life and the politics of the environment.

Recognizing the effect of an array of political constituencies and arenas, Fighting for the Farm charts a decisive shift because the early a part of the 20 th century from a discursive regime rooted in economics to 1 that now includes a number of environmental and quality-of-life concerns.

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Ecological conditions, from the state of the Salton Sea to renewed pest problems, had reached a point where they were widely regarded as degraded and worsening. Mechanization continued apace after the bracero program ended. As a partial result of mechanization, low pay, no benefits, and the health consequences of pesticide application practices, Mexican American farm laborers organized within the increasingly militant United Farm Workers (UFW) at the same time that new forms of specialty services and labor contracting evolved (see Wells 1996 and chapter 5).

The lID and IRA hired "southern California's most prestigious law firm, O'Melveny and Myers," to fight the limitations (Fradkin 1981: 284). An attorney for O'Melveny and Myers, Warren Christopher (later deputy attorney general during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, deputy secretary of state under President Carter, and foreign secretary under President Clinton) wrote a long opinion opposing the limitations. Other supporters of the lID/IRA positions included Richard Nixon, who had campaigned against the limitation as early as his campaign against Helen Gahagan Douglas in the 1940s and continued to oppose them as vice president and president.

During the period from 1942 to 1972 the growers and various levels of government agencies turned the valley into a rural area unlike any other in the United States. Throughout most of rural America, the economy stagnated and the number of small farms fell sharply. In the Imperial Valley, by contrast, the agricultural economy prospered under a regime of large-scale irrigation agriculture. Leading the trend in the rest of the country, those small farmers who had established themselves in the interstices of the Valley's large-scale enterprises failed.

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