The list author says: "'Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ills a prey, Where wealth accumulates, & men decay: Princes & lords may flourish, or may fade; A breath can make them, as a breath has made; But a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed, can never be supplied.' ---Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
"Cash crops are essential to modern life, but their history involves epic struggles over land, labor, production, marketing, transport and consumption. These books and films give a good introduction to the many vital issues linked by agricultural production for the market. Their stories may make you angry or sad, but you might feel hungry or thirsty too."