The United States today is the world’s top agricultural exporter, sending roughly half of what it grows, raises and farms abroad for a world hungry for beef, pork, grain and other foodstuffs essential to life, health and nutrition. Although less than two percent of Americans actively farm for a living, the legacy of demographic settlement patterns, logistical, industrial and well as financial innovations in places like Chicago can all be traced to the great American harvest.
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– Fields Without Dreams: Defending the Agrarian Ideal, Hanson (1997)
– Why Did Rome Fall–And Why Does It Matter Now?, Hanson (2010) – http://victorhanson.com/wordpress/why-did-rome-fall-and-why-does-it-matter-now/