agribusiness

A large-scale capitalist farming and food-processing organization and enterprise (producing fertilizers, pesticides, or machinery) which shares many characteristics of other advanced industries. These include, for example, the use of advanced science and technology, techniques of mass production, and extensive vertical and horizontal integration of processes and corporations . Thus, for example, one might find a frozen-food corporation, having long-term contracts with an array of large farms using computers to plan production of highly specialized produce to order, and being supplied with inorganic fertilizers and other materials by a company also owned by the food corporation. The effects of agribusiness in the United States are discussed in, Radical Agriculture (1976) and, How the Other Half Dies (1976). See also rural sociology.

Dictionary of sociology. 2013.

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  • agribusiness — ag‧ri‧busi‧ness [ˈægrɪˌbɪzns] noun [uncountable] FARMING farming using modern methods and equipment, considered as a business: • The influence of agribusiness is felt throughout the Third World. * * * agribusiness UK US /ˈægriˌbɪznɪs/ noun… …   Financial and business terms

  • Agribusiness — es un término que se refiere a las actividades económicas asociadas con: Producción agrícola. Procesos sin transformación del producto en: centros de acopio, almacenes, frigoríficos y plantas de selección, clasificación y empaque. Diferentes… …   Wikipedia Español

  • agribusiness — (n.) 1955, compound formed from AGRICULTURE (Cf. agriculture) + BUSINESS (Cf. business) …   Etymology dictionary

  • agribusiness — ☆ agribusiness [ag′rə biz΄nis ] n. [ AGRI(CULTURE) + BUSINESS] farming and the businesses associated with farming, as the processing of farm products or the manufacturing of farm equipment …   English World dictionary

  • Agribusiness — Das System des Agribusiness Agribusiness oder auch Agrobusiness bezeichnet als Anglizismus (aus dem englischen „agriculture“ und „business“) neben der Landwirtschaft auch die ihr vor und nachgelagerten wirtschaftlichen Aktivitäten. Gemeinsam… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Agribusiness — In agriculture, agribusiness is a generic term that refers to the various businesses involved in food production, including farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution, processing, marketing, and retail sales.… …   Wikipedia

  • agribusiness — /ag reuh biz nis/, n. the businesses collectively associated with the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products. Also, agrobusiness. [1950 55; Amer.; AGRI + BUSINESS] * * * Agriculture operated by business; specifically,… …   Universalium

  • agribusiness — [[t]æ̱gribɪznɪs[/t]] agribusinesses N UNCOUNT: also N in pl, oft N n Agribusiness is the various businesses that produce, sell, and distribute farm products, especially on a large scale. Many of the old agricultural collectives are now being… …   English dictionary

  • agribusiness — UK [ˈæɡrɪˌbɪznəs] / US noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms agribusiness : singular agribusiness plural agribusinesses 1) the business of operating a large farm to produce as much food and profit as possible, or one of the farms that operates… …   English dictionary

  • Agribusiness — Agri|busi|ness* [...biznis] das; <aus gleichbed. engl. agribusiness zu lat. ager, Gen. agri »Acker« u. ↑Business> svw. ↑Agrobusiness …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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