Mechanized Poison: Chemicals in California Agriculture 1958-65

Poisons in California Agriculture: A Capital Input for Profit Just as agribusiness in California turned to mechanization of planting, watering and harvesting to reduce labor costs and increase profits, so too did it turn to chemical pesticide poisons and fertilizers derived … Continue reading

Water in California Agriculture, 1958-1965

Water: A Capital Input for Agribusiness Profit Corporate agribusiness thinks of water as a capital input for their profit making enterprises. Most people think of a river meandering through green pastures, or a wild river roaring through wooded valleys as signs of the … Continue reading

Seeds and Mechanized Planting

Mechanized Planting: From Tending the Land to Tending Machines Before Monsanto’s patented, genetically modified seeds came into existence in the 1990’s and established legal barriers to prevent farmers from gathering seeds from their crops for planting next year, seed harvesting … Continue reading

Industrial Agriculture Shapes the Land

Land: A Blank Medium for Profits for Industrial Agriculture   Industrial agriculture’s first step is consolidation of the land into big farms. Then big machinery shapes the land so that large scale industrial agriculture can operate profitably. They call it … Continue reading