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agriculture

agriculture  

The practice of cultivating the soil, growing crops, or raising livestock for human use, including the production of food, feed, fibre, fuel, or other useful products. Also known as farming. See also ...
Agriculture and Agricultural Land

Agriculture and Agricultural Land  

The use of land for the production of food, fiber, and fuel is the principal driver of land use and land cover change and, therefore, a key forcing function of ...
animal

animal  

Animal Farm a fable (1945) by George Orwell which consists of a satire on Russian Communism as it developed under Stalin. The animals of the farm, led by the pigs, revolt against the cruel farmer, ...
butter- and cheesemaking

butter- and cheesemaking  

As food, animal milk has two disadvantages: it spoils quickly and can easily be adulterated by an unscrupulous merchant. During the medieval period most milk was therefore used soon after ...
cattle

cattle  

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[Sp]The domesticated form of the aurochs (Bos primigenius) that was probably tamed in a number of different places independently, defined as Bos taurus but probably the same species as the wild form ...
cereal

cereal  

[Ge]A general term covering a range of barley, wheat, oats, and rye.
desertification

desertification  

The spread of desert-like conditions, particularly in arid or semi-arid areas, due to the influence of human activity and climatic change.
diet

diet  

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(dy-ĕt)the mixture of foods that a person eats. balanced d. a diet that contains the correct proportions of all the nutrients.
early Irish society

early Irish society  

1. Craftsmen and farmers2. Lords and clients3. Contractual relationships1. Craftsmen and farmers2. Lords and clients3. Contractual relationships1. Craftsmen and farmersThe first distinction ...
economy

economy  

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[Th]The aspect of a social system that functions to order technological procedures socially and to control them in the interests of social units, whether individuals or collectives.
fauna

fauna  

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All the animal life normally present in a given habitat at a given time. See also macrofauna; microfauna. Compare flora.
Food and Agriculture Organization

Food and Agriculture Organization  

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(FAO)A specialized agency of the United Nations with its headquarters in Rome. It is responsible for organizing world agriculture, especially in developing countries, to improve nutrition and avoid ...
Frisia

Frisia  

An ancient region of NW Europe, consisting of the Frisian Islands and parts of the mainland corresponding to the modern provinces of Friesland and Groningen in the Netherlands and the regions of ...
grassland

grassland  

A major terrestrial biome in which the dominant plants are species of grass; the rainfall is insufficient to support extensive growth of trees, which are also suppressed by grazing animals. Tropical ...
Greek agriculture

Greek agriculture  

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Life in historical Greece was sustained by barley and wheat, sown mostly in the autumn as field crops dependent on rainfall between autumn and spring. Cultivation with a simple wooden plough (ard), ...
human Impacts

human Impacts  

The result or impact of human activities. See also environmental impact.
hunting

hunting  

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Epic heroes (see homer) hunt to fill their bellies or to rid the land of dangerous beasts. The boar is the most formidable antagonist; venison is highly valued; mentions of lions are problematic. ...
irrigation

irrigation  

The process of artificially augmenting the amount of water available to crops. The water may be sprayed directly on to the plants or made available to their root systems through a series of surface ...
lucerne

lucerne  

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The perennial herb, Medicago sativa; mainly a forage crop, but the sprouted seeds are eaten. Also known as alfalfa.
methane

methane  

A gas that is a trace component of the atmosphere (c.2.0 × 10−4 per cent by volume), but which makes a significant contribution to the greenhouse effect, as well as tending to deplete atmospheric ...

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