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subsistence farming

noun
1.
farming whose products are intended to provide for the basic needs of the farmer, with little surplus for marketing.
2.
farming that brings little or no profit to the farmer, allowing only for a marginal livelihood.
Also, subsistence agriculture.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40
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Examples from the web for subsistence agriculture
  • Labor is cheap in subsistence agriculture societies.
  • Small, isolated populations face rapid loss of habitat to subsistence agriculture.
  • Nomadic herding is sometimes considered a form of subsistence agriculture.
  • Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture.
  • The economy consists primarily of tourism, subsistence agriculture, and fishing.
  • Without more labour, even subsistence agriculture cannot pick up.
  • Despite this, it was still possible to find pockets of subsistence agriculture, people for whom time seemed to have stopped.
  • It is caused by the clearing of cattle pastures, subsistence agriculture, the building of infrastructure and logging.
  • Eighty percent of the population relies on subsistence agriculture.
  • Nearly half of the working-age population engages in subsistence agriculture.
British Dictionary definitions for subsistence agriculture

subsistence farming

noun
1.
a type of farming in which most of the produce (subsistence crop) is consumed by the farmer and his family, leaving little or nothing to be marketed
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subsistence agriculture in Culture

subsistence farming definition


Farming that provides enough food for the farmer and his family but not enough for sale. By comparison, commercial farming is farming that provides products for sale.

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Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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