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Plowing Up New Soil with World AgricultureSince agriculture began to be developed nearly 10000 years ago people throughout the world have discovered the food value of wild plants and animals and domesticated and bred them Early Civilization Today people go to the market or grocery store to pick up cereal rice bread meat fruit vegetables and olives People hardly ever think of where the food generally comes from Most of the food that is found in the grocery store wouldnt be possible without world agricultureFarming used to be primarily a family enterprise and to a large extent still is in most countries In the more developed areas however more efficient large-scale operations are overtaking the smaller family farms These large farms usually specialize in one crop or one type of crop and often are run by giant parent cooperations Such farms are part if the current trend toward more controlled and cost-effective agriculture The goal in agriculture has almost always been increased production and decreased labor Early Civilization In the early 1900s the American farm for example was run by the muscles of people of draft animals Today machines of great size and complexity accomplish in hours what took many of those people and animals days to complete Timelines of the Ancient World There are still family farmers similar to those of the earlier era in the most industrialized nations but they are becoming fewer every year There are also small-scale systems in many emerging nations of the world But the trend almost everywhere is toward larger farms that are mechanized and utilize the latest scientific agricultural methods to provide products more effectively In the mid-1990s 48 percent of the worlds labor force was employed in agriculture The distribution ranged from 61 percent of the economically active population in Asia to less than 23 percent in the United States and Canada In Africa the figure was 60 percent in South America 20 percent and in
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