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Ley-Farming and a Long-Term Agricultural Policy*

Nature volume 142, pages 597599 (01 October 1938) | Download Citation



IN view of the immense amount that has been published during the present century, it is not without significance that the leading agricultural journals contain but few articles dealing primarily, or even remotely, with the rotation, and next to nothing relative to the basal philosophy of the rotation. The truth is that agricultural thought in recent decades has turned ever more exclusively towards the narrow, too narrow as I think, path of commodities, each considered as such. Excessive concentration on commodities leads inevitably towards monoculture, and to what we too lightly please to call specialization, and leads away from the rotation and ultimately to disaster. Greatly daring, then, I have set myself to combat this modern fetish of over-concentration on commodities.

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