Agriculture & Environmental Sciences
Cross-Continental Food Chains -Structures, Actors and Dynamics in the Global Food System
Editor : Niels Fold, Bill Pritchard
Illustrations : 8 colour photos
Master eBook ISBN10 : 0-203-44817-0
Master eBook ISBN13 : 978-0-203-44817-5
No of pages : 240
eBook Price : $196
We live in a world of global food. The daily meals of people in both the developed and developing worlds are being transformed by the increasing ease with which food is being traded across continents. Affluent consumers'' supermarket trolleys increasingly are being filled with an array of food products from developing countries while, at the same time, food exports from the developed world are supplanting and transforming dietary systems in developing countries. Some experts suggest that the enhanced tradability of food ushers in an era of increasing choice and affluence. Others point to problems of dependency, inequality and social dislocation accompanying these developments.
Cross-continental Food Systems represents a collective effort to document and understand these issues. Containing the contributions of twenty-six leading international social scientists from eleven countries, the book presents recent case study research on how and why the food system is being globalized, and what this means for people and communities in different parts of the world. The book covers debates on new structures and food products, as well as detailed accounts of fresh horticulture, tropical crops and livestock.
This book fills a major gap in contemporary scholarship on food and globalization. Its emphasis on case study accounts of the connections between trade and restructuring provides texture and context to these complex and important debates. Written and researched at a time in which national governments are seeking to negotiate new rules of global agricultural trade, this book is timely and relevant. It will interest researchers in geography, development studies, agricultural economics and political science, as well as professionals in the fields of trade and food policy.
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Table of contents : 1. Introduction Part 1: 2. The Geography of North / South Food Trade: From political to physical proximity? 3. The Role of Supply Chain Partnerships in Development: New perspectives on vertical co-ordination in global food chains and its impact on development 4. Supermarket Development in the Developing World 5. Standards, Quality and Market Access: Reconstituting New Zealand's agri-food chains 6. Trading on Health: North-south production/consumption tensions and the governance of international food standards setting 7. Transgenic Crops in Agriculture World Markets 8. Organic Production in the Third Food Regime Part 2: 9. Agrifood Globalization and Commodity Chains: Fresh produce and wine 10. The Globalised Fruiti-Culture System: New structures and agency in North-South relationships 11. Regionalization and Globalisation in an Agri-Food Value Chain: Trajectory and strategies of the leader fresh fruit corporation in Argentina 12. Regional Cultures and Global Sourcing of Fresh Asparagus Part 3: 13. Supermarkets to Asia and Banana Wars: The implications of Australian food exports for food security in the Philippines 14. Globalisation and Changing Banana Commodity Chains: Implications for Australia and Asia-Pacific 15. Construction and Consumption of Place along a Coffee Commodity Network from Toraja to Tokyo 16. Dynamics of Global Sourcing Patterns for Cocoa 17. Global Wheat and Local Insecurity: The case of Cairo, Egypt Part 4: 18. Production, Consumption and Exports of Poultry Products: The development and operation of South East Asian commodity supply chains 19. The Cross-Pacific Chicken: How tourism impacts upon commodity chains 20. Milking the Region: Dairy industry restructuring in Southern Africa 21. The World Steer Revisited: The Australian beef sector and international integration in the Pacific Rim.