The Precision Farming Revolution

Global Drivers of Local Agricultural Methods

  • James E.¬†Addicott

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 231-237

About this book


This book examines the precision farming revolution in Somerset, England. It reveals the reasons why local farmers invested in autonomous systems and traces the outcomes of adoption. It describes the local and global drivers of the fourth industrial revolution, from world population growth, climatic and ecological crises, profit driven farming and government agri-tech grants, to the Space Race era. A new cultural method of intelligence, ideas and thinking, new organisational and control powers, was precisely what precision farming offered farmers and off-farm firms, who were able to remotely monitor and control natural environments and aspects of on-farm activities. As a result of local farmers opting into precision farming systems the power dynamics of industrial agriculture were reorganised and this book will offer readers an understanding of how and why.


STS Sociology Economics Technology Agriculture

Authors and affiliations

  • James E.¬†Addicott
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  1. 1.BathUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-9685-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-9686-1
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