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Soils and Commodification

Thinking with Soils : Material Politics and Social Theory

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

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...Introduction Selling soils is now part of everyday fare. Or, at least, soil is what is claimed to be sold. The deed is often spread out for us as displays of tidy bags of topsoil or peat for gardens or landscaping. One even hears talk...

Spices and Flavorings

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...Plants possess a wealth of different chemical ingredients, ranging from substances with simple structures to very complicated ones, such as terpene or benzoic derivatives. Some are poisonous, others are important raw materials...

Commodities

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Food Words : Essays in Culinary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Karl Marx once famously remarked that a commodity appears at first sight to be a “very trivial thing” but that further analysis showed it to be of bewildering complexity, “full...

Markets

Peter Jackson

Peter Jackson is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sheffield, UK Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Food Words : Essays in Culinary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

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...Markets © Angela Meah. Markets are places where goods are exchanged for money or traded via other means such as bartering. Many of the world’s oldest markets were food markets, associated with the spice...

Africa South from the Sahara

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...Describing the principal sources of food for the inhabitants of Africa south from the Sahara is a relatively easy task. Most diets are dominated by products made from a single staple crop, and there are not all that many of them. Maize...

Food Subsidies and Interventions for Infant and Child Nutrition

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...One hundred and fifty million children, or one in three, in the developing world are seriously malnourished (United Nations Development Program 1990). This includes 38 million children underweight, 13 million wasted, and 42 million stunted....

Conclusion

Susan Rose

Susan Rose was Senior Research Fellow at Roehampton University, UK, and is now retired. She is the author of The Medieval Sea and Medieval Naval Warfare, 1000–1500. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Wine Trade in Medieval Europe 1000–1500

Continuum, 2014

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...In Greek and Roman times it can be argued that all high-volume trades were concerned solely with basic commodities, the very necessities of life; grain, olive oil, and in Mediterranean society, wine can plausibly be placed...

Shopping

Food Words : Essays in Culinary Culture

Bloomsbury Academic, 2015

Book chapter

...In recent years, shopping has become the most common way for people in Western societies to acquire food. Instead of growing their own vegetables, meats, or grains, or baking their own bread, people visit their local supermarkets, delis...

Northern Europe – Germany and Surrounding Regions

The Cambridge World History of Food

© Cambridge University Press, 2000

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...The majority of foods found in modern northern Europe – which includes the lands around the North Sea and the Baltic Sea and those of northern Alpine region – are not indigenous to the area. It is here, however, that one of the most stable...

Competing Discourses and the Work of Food Shopping

Shelley L. Koch

Shelley L. Koch is Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Assistant Director of the Masters of Arts program in Community and Organizational Leadership at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Theory of Grocery Shopping : Food, Choice and Conflict

Berg, 2012

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...In 2008, a few months after I completed the data collection for this research, the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression occurred. Although it has been officially over since 2009, the consequences for Americans are so deep...