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Described here are the techniques and fundamental concepts underlying the production and marketing of vegetable crops, particularly those crops that contribute to the commercial vitality of the vegetable industry in the western hemisphere. Those resources which are fundamental to successful crop production, natural, biological and economic, are covered, as well as the vegetable management systems that integrate these resources. Also included is specific information on each of the major vegetable crops, such as history, botanical characteristics, production techniques, pests, harvesting and marketing. In addition, discussions are provided of social conflicts and problems that arise from water and land use practices, pesticide application and conservation.