Union Catalogue of Agricultural Libraries in the Netherlands
The WUR Library Catalogue contains bibliographic data on books and periodicals held by the libraries of Wageningen University and Research Centre and some 15 associated libraries. Holding data are added to each record.
Subjects covered include Agrotechnology, Food and Food Production, Plant and Animal Sciences, Soil Science, Geo-information, Landscape and Spatial Planning, Water and Climate, Ecosystem Studies, Economics and Society.
The joint collections of the participating libraries cover a substantial part of the internationally available scientific literature in these disciplines.
As far as Dutch scientific literature in these fields is concerned, coverage can be considered near 100%, including much of the so-called "grey literature".
All titles are entered in their original language. Keywords are added to facilitate subject searching.
The database is updated every day and now contains over 830.000 records.
The population increase in the Netherlands in the years after the first World War caused the author to study its consequences, particularly in relation to Dutch agriculture. The concepts 'overpopulation and underpopulation and optimum population' were discussed in the light of the theories of Malthus and many others. As definition the standard of living, measured by average income per head, was chosen.The population density and the possibilities of changing the agricultural production were also judged from an economic aspect. Employment in agriculture could be diminished by planning and mechanization; intensification and reclamation could increase employment. In the 1920's the prices of land and the rent of farms increased sharply anddid not respond to the decline in prices of agricultural products. This led to a partial overpopulation that may be ascribed to the large number of farmer's sons, born during prosperity, who had been waiting for a farm. Besides the possibilities of extending agricultural employment, emigration of farmers and farmer's sons was considered one of the best remedies for this problem. Improvement of the facilities (without direct subsidies of the Government) for settlement in France were discussed.
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