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  • The term agribusiness refers to a corporate-controlled agricultural system that has come to dominate food production, processing, and marketing, as well as the science and policies that support agriculture, first in the United States and then in much of the world since the end of World War II. Agribusiness has also been called industrial agriculture, factory farming, “Big Ag,” and agrarian capitalism. In a distinct usage, agribusiness refers to the discipline within agricultural studies that focuses on farm business management and agro-industry.

    The development of modern capitalist agribusiness is closely related to the history of California, especially the development of a gold mining industry after 1848. Until the 1850s, agriculture in California was primarily made up of extensive cattle ranches and subsistence farms. However, the miners’ ...

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