Start Date

2-12-1999 12:00 AM

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As with most sectors of the world economy, agriculture in the last years of the Twentieth Century has been a sector of great change. Closed markets are giving way to free trade, open democratic systems with decentralized decision making are gaining ascendancy over despotic regimes, technology is revolutionizing every facet of production and distribution and competition is assuring that consumers everywhere are elevated to a high pedestal faintly reminiscent of the kings of old. As the Twenty-First Century dawns, the world is poised on the edge of what could be the era of accomplishing the elusive goals of the ages-peace, prosperity and victory over hunger. It is assumed that the governing policy goals for the food and agriculture sector will continue to include-(1) availability of an abundant supply of food, at reasonable prices; (2) maintenance or enhancement of the productivity and environmental integrity of natural resources; and (3) a prosperous and productive economic climate for producers (including family farmers).

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Dec 2nd, 12:00 AM

Agriculture in the Twenty-First Century

As with most sectors of the world economy, agriculture in the last years of the Twentieth Century has been a sector of great change. Closed markets are giving way to free trade, open democratic systems with decentralized decision making are gaining ascendancy over despotic regimes, technology is revolutionizing every facet of production and distribution and competition is assuring that consumers everywhere are elevated to a high pedestal faintly reminiscent of the kings of old. As the Twenty-First Century dawns, the world is poised on the edge of what could be the era of accomplishing the elusive goals of the ages-peace, prosperity and victory over hunger. It is assumed that the governing policy goals for the food and agriculture sector will continue to include-(1) availability of an abundant supply of food, at reasonable prices; (2) maintenance or enhancement of the productivity and environmental integrity of natural resources; and (3) a prosperous and productive economic climate for producers (including family farmers).