Give peas a chance: Transformations in food consumption and production systems

Ken Green, Chris Foster

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Food production chains can be organised in a variety of ways. Conventional 'industrial' agricultural practices are based on advanced breeding techniques and major inputs of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Food produced in this way is transport-intensive, requires high-energy processing, relies on modern retailing systems and demands high-tech kitchens. Many argue that the industrialised systems should be dismantled and replaced with alternative methods of agriculture, food processing and distribution that emphasise social and environmental sustainability. This paper looks at the environmental and social sustainability of different strategies for food systems by analysing the whole chain of production, processing, distribution and consumption activities of the production of frozen peas, a vegetable that is 'symbolic' of modern food systems and the UK diet. © 2005 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)663-679
Number of pages16
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2005


  • Food systems
  • Life cycle analysis
  • System transformations


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