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Subsistence Farming versus Cash Crops

Subsistence Farming: planting crops to "subsist" off of - to live off of as first priority; if any excesses, than the crops cn be used for trade or to sell. Often you will find plots with diverse strains and multiple types of crops - ie, intercropping.

Cash Cropping: planting plots with only one type of crop (ie, mono-cropping) with the main purpose of using the crops for sales purposes only. Mostly, the crops are grown with export in mind.

Benefits of Subsistence Farming:

by Mieke Brouwer - Spring 97


Plant illustrations by Mary Frances Jackson

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