IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

The future of modernized agriculture and the return of traditional techniques


  • Sortino, Antonio
  • Chang Ting Fa, Margherita
  • Piccinini, Livio Clemente


The industrialization of the agricultural sector has resolved, at least in Europe and in the United States, the thousand year-old problem of the lack of food. Unfortunately, during the last years the limits of such an agriculture clearly exploded. The modernized agriculture, in fact, produces negative externalities and it does not assure food safety. Through our contribution we hypothesize three future scenarios for modernized agriculture. We shall study in particular the one that foresees the conversion to sustainability through the return of traditional techniques. In order to analyze the problem, we shall introduce the Sraffian framework of the “re-switching of techniques”. Finally we shall build an original and new model of “reswitching” for the short period. The aim of our work is to show that, at least theoretically, it is possible that a traditional agricultural technique could be convenient in a context of both low and high profit level.

Suggested Citation

  • Sortino, Antonio & Chang Ting Fa, Margherita & Piccinini, Livio Clemente, 2008. "The future of modernized agriculture and the return of traditional techniques," MPRA Paper 7478, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:7478

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    File Function: original version
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Schuler, Randall S. & Jackson, Susan E. & Jackofsky, Ellen & Slocum, John Jr., 1996. "Managing human resources in Mexico: A cultural understanding," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 39(3), pages 55-61.
    2. Hoshino, Taeko, 2005. "Executive Managers in Large Mexican Family Businesses," IDE Discussion Papers 40, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
    3. Hoshino, Taeko, 1993. "The Alfa Group: the decline and resurgence of a large-scale indigenous business group in Mexico," The Developing Economies, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO), vol. 31(4), pages 511-534, December.
    4. Recio, Gabriela, 2004. "Lawyers' Contribution to Business Development in Early Twentieth-Century Mexico," Enterprise & Society, Cambridge University Press, vol. 5(02), pages 281-306, June.
    5. Sargent, John, 2001. "Getting to know the neighbors: Grupos in Mexico," Business Horizons, Elsevier, vol. 44(6), pages 16-24.
    6. Jones, Geoffrey, 2002. "Business Enterprises and Global Worlds," Enterprise & Society, Cambridge University Press, vol. 3(04), pages 581-605, December.
    7. Hoshino, Taeko, 2004. "Family Business in Mexico: Responses to Human Resource Limitations and Management Succession," IDE Discussion Papers 12, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
    8. Lauterbach, Albert, 1965. "Management Aims and Development Needs in Latin America," Business History Review, Cambridge University Press, vol. 39(04), pages 557-588, December.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    Re-switching of techniques; modernized agriculture; sustainable development;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • Q1 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:7478. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Joachim Winter). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.