This text offers the first systematic and comprehensive overview of the economic geography of the UK for two decades. With contributions by many of the leading academics in the field, it offers a powerful case for exploring the UK economy from a geographical perspective.
- Investigates a single aspect of the UK economy within each chapter
- Covers topics including: the uneven development of the UK, the city and finance, government spending, pensions, housing, manufacturing, business services, agriculture, retailing, energy, immigration, and labor market change
- Demonstrates how the UK economy's fortunes are increasingly shaped by its links to the wider European and global economies
Written for students studying the economic development of the UK, the text offers a vibrant, easy-to-understand analysis of the current and future challenges that face the contemporary UK economy.
Chapter 12: Agricultural Restructuring and Changing Food Networks in the UK
Agricultural Restructuring and Changing Food Networks in the UK
- To provide an introductory insight into the major phases of agricultural restructuring in the UK and their geographical ramifications
- To examine how the main processes of change have affected the wheat and potato sectors
- To explore the emergence of alternative food networks in the UK
- To highlight the possibility of a third phase of restructuring in twenty-first century UK agriculture
As with many other economic sectors, UK farming was affected by the economic downturn of 2008–9 and especially by volatile prices for some agricultural commodities (e.g. wheat), feedstuffs and energy. This coincided with governmental and scientific views that the environmental impacts of modern agriculture can no longer be ignored. Indeed, ...