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Agricultural Revolutions. There are 3 of them. Before Agricultural Societies NOMADIC: Hunting and Gathering Societies. What is a Revolution and how can you have a farming revolution?. So then What?. A revolution is any fundamental change or reversal of conditions,

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Agricultural revolutions

Agricultural Revolutions

There are3 of them

Before agricultural societies nomadic hunting and gathering societies

Before Agricultural SocietiesNOMADIC:Hunting and Gathering Societies

What is a revolution and how can you have a farming revolution

What is a Revolution and how can you have a farming revolution?

So then


A revolution is any fundamental

change or reversal of conditions,

a great and sometimes violent change

or innovation

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The Neolithic Revolution

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The Neolithic Revolution

The Neolithic Revolution


  • Humans begin to slowly domesticate plant and animal stocks in SW Asia.

  • Agriculture requires nomadic peoples to become sedentary.

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The Neolithic Revolution

Costs & Advantages of Agriculture

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The Neolithic Revolution

Agriculture Slowly Spreads: What do you notice about the core areas?

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The Neolithic Revolution

Sedentary Agriculturalists Dominate

  • High starch diets slowly allow

  • Sedentary populations to grow.

  • First plow invented c.6000BCE;

  • crop yields grow exponentially by 4000BCE.

  • Pop. grows from 5-8 million to 60-70 million.

  • Eventually agricultural populations begin to spread out, displacing or assimilating nomadic groups; farming groups grow large enough for advanced social organization.

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The Open-field System

  • Cooperative plowing

  • Conserved the quality of land

  • Balanced distribution of good land

  • Farmers were part of a “team”

  • Gleaning

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The Neolithic Revolution

First Towns Develop

Catal Huyuk

Modern Turkey

First settled:

c. 7000BCE


Modern Israel

First settled:

c. 7000BCE

So what came after the neolithic revolution

So what came after the Neolithic Revolution?


Oh Yeah! The actual

Agricultural Revolution.

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Agricultural Revolution

15th and 18th

Century Farming

All right so there was going to be a great change

All right,so there was going to be a great change...

What exactly was this great change?

Great changes, you mean - and innovations

All right CHANGES..

First of all, there was enclosure, then there was the new machinery such as the seed drill and horse plough, not to mention marling and selective breeding…..



This meant enclosing the land.

The open fields were divided up and everyone who could prove they owned some land would get a share. Dividing the open land into small fields and putting hedges and fences around them. Everyone had their own fields and could use them how they wished.

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  • Before


  • Each landowner received a single piece of property

  • No common lands

Selective breeding

Selective Breeding?

Some farmers such as Robert

Bakewell and the Culley

brothers concentrated on selective breeding.

This meant only allowing the fittest and strongest of their

cattle, sheep, pigs and horses to mate.

You can tell how successful they were:

In 1710 the average weight for cattle was

168 Kg by 1795 - it was 363 Kg

What other new ideas were there

What other new ideas were there?


Crop rotation

Seed drill


New ploughs

and hoes



Yeah, books were written on farming.

The Board of Agriculture was set up and Arthur Young, the new secretary, went round the country recording the progress of the revolution and others could read his report to find out more.

Agricultural shows with competitions were held and people could exchange ideas and see the latest things.

Your tasks

Your tasks

1. Find out about crop rotation, what were the crops

and how did they rotate? Who had the idea?

2. Agricultural shows - who had the idea? How did he encourage his tenants to use the new fangled ideas?

3. What is marling?

4. JethroTull - who is he and why is 1701 significant?

5. New ploughs and hoes? How were they different?

6. What is gleaning?

7. How did farming change between 1701 and 1850?

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a. Crop Rotation

English gentleman farmer Viscount Charles “Turnip” Townsend

Alternating grain crops: wheat and barley, with soil enriching crops: turnips and clovers.

No longer had to leave land fallow

g. Scientific Breeding


Selective breeding of animals

Produced more and better animals

Produced more milk and meat

Some Answers

So first was neolithic and then it was agricultural now what

So first was Neolithic and then it was Agricultural, now what?


Green Revolution

The green revolution

(The Third Agricultural Revolution)

Starts in 19th Century

And Biotechnology


Green revolution

Adoption of new, improved varieties of grains

Application of better agricultural techniques



Use of fertilizer

Use of pesticides

Since 1950’s

Agricultural output outpaced population growth even without adding additional cropland


A complex of improvements which greatly increased agricultural production

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“Green Revolution”benefits

  • Core exports high-yield “miracle” seeds

  • Needed oil-based fertilizers, pesticides

  • Asian rice crop up 66% in 1965-85

  • Favored areas with good soil, weather

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“Green Revolution”drawbacks

  • Favored farmers who could afford seeds,

  • inputs, machines, irrigation

  • Indebted farmers lost land, moved to cities

  • New “monocrops” lacked resistance to disease/pests

  • Environmental contamination, erosion

  • Oriented to export “cash crops,” not domestic food

Biotechnology continues to change agriculture

Biotechnology continues to change agriculture.

I guess during the Green Revolution,

biotechnologies started to

advance agriculture.

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Biotechnology: Using organisms to…

  • Make or modify products

  • Improve plants or animals

  • Develop new microorganisms

  • Crossing natural divides between species

    • Not just crossbreeding

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Genetic Engineering

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Biotechnologybenefits in agriculture

  • Increase yields

  • Increase pest resistance

  • Grow crops in new areas

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)

Consumer concerns

began in Europe,

now in U.S. too

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Biotechnologydrawbacks in agriculture

  • High costs (available to few)

  • Monocrops have less tolerance to disease

  • Possible health effects

  • Contamination of wild crops (“superweeds”)

  • Corporate patents on life forms

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San Francisco

Farmers’ Market

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Minneapolis airport

flower stand

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