Throughout history man's very existence has been characterized by his continuing struggle to obtain sufficient food, clothing and shelter. With a growing population and declining agricultural resources such as energy, water and land, the greatest challenge to fulfilling these fundamental human needs may be yet to come. One means of meeting growing demands on an agriculture faced with shrinking resource availability is by improving the productivity of the plant and animal species used in agriculture. Breeders attempt to achieve this improvement through the application of the principles of modern quantitative genetics to the breeding of plants and animals for agriculture.
This paper was published in Applications of Economics in Plant and Animal Breeding. Iowa State University, 1979.
Melton, Bryan E., "Applications Of Economics In Plant And Animal Breeding" (1979). Economic Staff Paper Series. 86.