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Growing Food: A Guide to Food Productionby Tony Winch
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This specialist handbook is intended as a quick and easy reference guide to be used by individuals and organisations that are involved with the production of food, from both agriculture and horticulture. It is designed to be used as a reference book that answers basic questions about how food is produced from plants, and aims to demystify the subject of growing food as far as possible. The focus is firmly on the technical aspects of food crops; topics such as animal husbandry, agrochemicals and genetic engineering are only briefly mentioned. There is a strong international flavour to the book, with a view to making it user friendly throughout the English speaking community. In fact the manual is designed to be also used by those who normally speak or read English as their second language, using simple English terminology and phrasing, with explanations and cross references of the terminology, acronyms and terms used. The book is divided into three sections, described further in the Table of Contents: Section 1. -Principles and Practices used in Agriculture and Horticulture Section 2. - Description and Characteristics of the Main Food Crops Section 3. - Naming and Classification of Plants, Seed Purchase Procedures, Conversion Tables & Statistics, Planning and Assessing Agricultural Projects
This is a quick reference for individuals and organisations involved with the agricultural and horticultural production of food. It is designed to answer basic questions about how food is produced from plants, and aims to demystify the subject of growing food.
This handbook offers an ideal reference for individuals and organizations involved with the production of food, from both agriculture and horticulture. Designed to be accessible for those who normally speak or read English as their second language, it offers thorough explanations and numerous cross references to the terminology, acronyms and technologies used. The book answers basic questions about how food is produced from plants and aims to demystify the subject of growing food. The focus is firmly on the technical aspects of food crops, animal husbandry, agrochemicals and genetic engineering are only briefly mentioned.
About the Author
Tony Winch was born and raised on an agricultural research farm in Kent. After graduating in 1971 from Wye College (London University) with a BSc (2.1) in Agricultural Economics he worked for a number of years in the commercial seed trade in the UK, Brazil, Canada and North America. Since 1980 he has worked in the agricultural aid and development sector, employed by a number of agencies to work as an agricultural consultant in Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola and Afghanistan. When he is not overseas he liv es in Herefordshire, UK and attempts to feed his family as far as possible from the garden.
Table of Contents
Section 1. The Principles and Practices Used in Agriculture and Horticulture. A. Plant Growth. B. Arid Regions. C. Soil. D. Fertiliser. E. The Plant. F. The Seed. G. Crops. H. Farming Systems. I. The Harvest. J. Insects. K. Diseases. L. Weeds. M. Tools. N. Irrigation. O. Storage.- Section 2. Description and Characteristics of The Main Food Crops. A. Cereals. B. Legumes. C. Oilseeds. D. Root Crops. E. Vegetables. F. Fruits. G. Under exploited Crops.- Section 3. A. Naming and Classification of Food Crops. B. Seed Purchase Procedures. C. Conversion Tables and Statistics. D. Some issues to consider when planning or assessing agricultural projects.- Bibliography.- Index.
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