Chapter 3

Agricultural Practices in the Mediterranean

A Case Study in Southern Spain

J. Jesús Casas, PhD jjcasas@ual.es; Santiago Bonachela, PhD bonache@ual.es; Francisco J. Moyano, PhD fjmoyano@ual.es; Encarnación Fenoy, MD efc792@alboran.ual.es; Joaquín Hernández, PhD jhrodri@ual.es    University of Almería ceiA3, Almería, Spain.

Abstract

This chapter appraises the evolution of agricultural practices in the Mediterranean region. Since the early domestication of plants and animals over 10,000 years ago in the eastern Mediterranean, farming practices have been pivotal for the transformation of human society and the environment in this region. Such practices have fundamentally evolved to cope with fluctuating environmental conditions, eventually ...

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