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The Precision Farming Revolution

Global Drivers of Local Agricultural Methods

Authors: Addicott, James

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  • Discusses the implications of precision agricultural systems being applied across the globe
  • Offers critical insights into the global ‘digital revolution’ or ‘next green revolution’ in agriculture, and farmers’ economic and social motivations for investment in precision farming
  • Includes original interviews with farmers utilizing precision farming technologies
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This book examines the precision farming revolution in Somerset, England. It reveals the reasons why local farmers invested in autonomous systems and traces the outcomes of adoption. It describes the local and global drivers of the fourth industrial revolution, from world population growth, climatic and ecological crises, profit driven farming and government agri-tech grants, to the Space Race era. A new cultural method of intelligence, ideas and thinking, new organisational and control powers, was precisely what precision farming offered farmers and off-farm firms, who were able to remotely monitor and control natural environments and aspects of on-farm activities. As a result of local farmers opting into precision farming systems the power dynamics of industrial agriculture were reorganised and this book will offer readers an understanding of how and why.

About the authors

Dr. James E. Addicott is an independent sociologist, ethnographic researcher and author at jeaddicott.com. 

Reviews

“The gains claimed by the promoters of precision farming are very considerable. Satellite farming companies argue that their observations enable exact and profitable decisions to be made about the application of chemicals. But, as James Addicott’s research suggests, this form of 'scientific farming' is very problematic. Control over satellite farming has dispensed with the farmers' more local and 'tacit' understandings. Knowledge of a more general and universal kind is made to prevail. Meanwhile, farmers are faced by the competing technologies offered by precision farming corporations. As a result, farmers struggle with a range of incompatible products. This book shows that power and influence is being transferred away from the farmer and towards the big, unaccountable, trans-national ‘precision farming’ offered by corporations.” (Peter Dickens, University of Cambridge, UK)

“This book connects debates and issues around precision farming technologies to show that farmers’ engagement with these technologies is influenced, but not exclusively determined, by economic and food-productivity factors. As a social scientist, James Addicott makes a clear case for factors other than just ‘efficiency’ playing a role in the adoption of precision farming. It is a must read for all students in the food and agriculture sector who seek to gain a balanced, realist understanding of how the global Precision Farming Revolution shapes and is shaped by the active agency of local farmers.” (Gert Spaargaren, Wageningen University, The Netherlands)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $44.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-981-13-9686-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $84.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-981-13-9685-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Precision Farming Revolution
Book Subtitle
Global Drivers of Local Agricultural Methods
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-9686-1
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-9686-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-9685-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 237
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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