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Climate, Weather, Agriculture, and Food

  • Sam White
  • John Brooke
  • Christian Pfister
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Abstract

Climate and weather are vital factors in food production, principally through their influence on the possibilities, limits, and risks of farming and pastoralism. Nevertheless, the historical links among climate, weather, agriculture, and food are often complex and contingent. This chapter reviews the growing body of research on these links, from the first domestication of plants and animals to the modern era, with emphasis on the contributions of climate history to explaining food shortages, famines, and related disasters in Little Ice Age Europe.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sam White
    • 1
  • John Brooke
    • 1
  • Christian Pfister
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of HistoryOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Institute of History, Oeschger Centre for Climate ChangeBernSwitzerland

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