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

By Kevin M. Fitzpatrick, Don Willis

This ebook presents a superb choice of interdisciplinary and overseas essays studying the food-place courting. It explores such subject matters because the historical past of meals and agriculture, the globalization and localization of nutrition, and the function of position in defining the wider societal outcomes of this ever-changing phenomena.

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Of course we are referring to multinational food and beverages companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s Pizza, Coca-Cola Company, PepsiCo, Ferrero, General Mills, Grupo Bimbo, Kellogg’s, Kraft Foods, Mars, Nestlé, Unilever, and Taco Bell. Their products include baby food, bakery items, canned/preserved food, chilled/processed food, dairy, dried/processed food, frozen items, ice cream, meal replacements, noodles, oils and fats, pasta, ready meals, sauces, dressings and condiments, snack bars, soup, spreads, snacks, and soft drinks.

A number of symbolic specialties—such as paella in Spain, made of rice, tomatoes, and peppers, or the caprese salad in Italy, which includes tomatoes, mozzarella from buffalo milk, and capers from Iran, are entirely made up of ingredients that come from afar—in these particular cases, from America and Asia. Conclusions and Observations For ten thousand years, the provision of food for the human population has been determined by the development of agriculture, which, in turn, has been determined by the ecological characteristics and the technical and cultural circumstances prevailing in each place at a particular time.

It involved replacing fallow land with fodder crops (prairies or root crops) to foster breeding and the production of manure, thereby increasing cereal output. This agricultural revolution, which was started in the sixteenth century by Flemish peasants responding to the growing demand for wool from the nascent cloth-making industry, was subsequently adopted by agricultural entrepreneurs in Britain (during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries), then by farmers in Northwest Europe (in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), and in southern France, northern Italy, and Spain (during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) (Bloch, 1970).

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