Book Series Rural economy and society in north-western Europe, 500-2000

The Agro-Food Market: Production, Distribution and Consumption

Leen Van Molle, Yves Segers (eds)

  • Pages: 456 p.
  • Size:178 x 254 mm
  • Illustrations:47 b/w
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2013

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-53048-2
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"Der groβe Verdienst des Bandes liegt insbesondere in der übersichtlichen Zusammenschau der ergebnisse vieler kleiner regionalgeschichtlicher Studien in einem übersichtlichen Handbuch." (Susanne Krauss, in: Das Historisch-Politische Buch, 63.6, 2014)


Volume editorial board:

Leen Van Molle (University of Leuven, Belgium), Yves Segers (University of Leuven, Belgium) (directors)

John Chartres (University of Leeds,UK) , Marc de Ferrière le Vayer (University of Tours, France), Pim Kooij (Wageningen University, Netherlands), Michael Kopsidis  (IAMO, Halle (Saale), Bjørn Poulsen (Aarhus University, Denmark), Jean-Pierre Williot (University of Tours, France)

Agriculture and alimentation have, from early times, always been  crucial elements in the development of market systems. Shortage and surplus gave shape to different forms of exchange and sale, to the dynamics of supply and demand, and to expanding interconnections between both regions and social groups. Farmers learned to adapt their production to market conditions and to the shifting needs and tastes of a growing and demanding public. But the path from a self-supporting way of life to the present forms of market integration in the complex, global world was far from uniform and linear. Food production, market structures and market mechanisms changed over time and differed between regions and countries of the North Sea area. This volume aims at exploring and unravelling the complexity of the agro-food market, from the field to the table.