Chapter 25: Food regimes
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Food regimes, in the era of industrial capitalism, mark three phases of geo-political ordering of international food production and circulation, governed by world prices underwriting capitalist food cheapening strategies for consumption and food-processing. The geo-political orders represent periods of hegemony: British (1870s-1914), American (1940s-1970s) and neoliberal hegemony (1980s-present). These geo-political orders enter crisis and transition, reorganizing global agri-food relations, and they promote a cumulative commodification and degradation of global ecological relations. Food regime analysis enables comparative historicization of agrarian transformations at different scales, with differential effects across time and space, expressing political and ecological dimensions of world-wide agri-food relations.

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