Agriculture and Human Values

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Discussion: moving food regimes forward: reflections on symposium essays

  • Harriet FriedmannEmail author


All authors in this symposium use a food regime perspective to ask questions about the present which—as these articles demonstrate—have several possible answers. History suggests a time perspective of 25–40 year cycles so far—a food regime 1870–1914, an experimental and chaotic era 1914–1947, and a food regime 1947–1973. It has been less than 40 years since 1973, when food regime analysts agree that a contested and experimental period began. There is no consensus on whether it has already ended or how it might issue into a new food regime. The conversation is more fruitful than the conclusions. I intend these comments as an invitation to join in.


Food regimes International financial system Hegemonic transition Actor network theory Regulation Social change 


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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Centre for International StudiesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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