A Place-Based Perspective of Food in Society by Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Don Willis

By Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Don Willis

This publication presents a superb choice of interdisciplinary and foreign essays studying the food-place dating. It explores such themes because the historical past of foodstuff and agriculture, the globalization and localization of nutrition, and the function of position in defining the wider societal results of this ever-changing phenomena.

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The initial objective of this revolution, largely financed both by public and by private funds from Western countries, was to boost output in response to the food requirements of the population and so check the expansion of communism. The governments of the countries concerned provided resolute support through appropriate policies on prices, credit, research, and agricultural-extension programs. In these countries with industrialization, hundreds of millions of smallholders were able to adopt the new methods, maintain their livelihoods, and increase their incomes (Hazell & Ramasamy, 1991; Mellor, 1998; Trébuil & Hossain, 2004).

This trend has continued, and in 2010 fruit and vegetables constituted the most important group in the composition of global agricultural exports (FAO, 2013, p. 151). At the same time, it should be noted that globalization is understood mainly as unlimited flows of investments and trade. Under these conditions, the trade of agricultural products is strongly concentrated in a handful of transnational companies. The trade policies of such AG R I C U LT U R A L I N D U S T R I A L I Z AT I O N 45 companies affect (positively or negatively) the local development of places (regions or nations) taking part in the international agricultural trade.

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