author={Stephen G. Wheatcroft},
  journal={Food and Foodways},
  pages={107 - 136}
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Crop Production and Crop Protection: Estimated Losses in Major Food and Cash Crops

  • E. Oerke
  • Environmental Science
    The Journal of Agricultural Science
  • 1996
List of abbreviations. Biographies of authors. Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. POPULATION GROWTH, AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION AND FOOD SUPPLIES (A. Weber). Introduction. Agricultural resources and their