The Modernisation of Scottish Agriculture

A. Cameron Ewen

in The Transformation of Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780748614325
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653348 | DOI:
The Modernisation of Scottish Agriculture

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This chapter shows how the agriculture sector underwent considerable modernisation, becoming increasingly capital intensive and less labour intensive. Agriculture also benefited from various regimes of state subsidies, with a major change occurring when Britain joined the European Economic Community, with its Common Agricultural Policy, in 1973. By the end of the century environmental issues had began to have an impact on farming at a time when fewer people earned their livelihood from the land than ever before. Notwithstanding the link provided between the urban population and the countryside by commuting and tourism, the urban population and the farming community were further apart in terms of shared interests by 2000 than they had been in mid-century.

Keywords: Scottish economy; agricultural sector; capital intensive; state subsidies; urban population; farming community

Chapter.  10856 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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