"How often do we think about the food we buy? What resources go into producing it? Do we understand what is happening in the fields that we see through the car or train window?
This Very Short Introduction explains what farmers do and why they do it. From traditional methods, and the crucial role of soil management, to the impact of local and international markets, Paul Brassley and Richard Sofee consider the agricultural industry today and the challenges it faces: climate change, animal welfare, and the need to feed a growing world population."--Flap of front cover.