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ERIC Number: EJ989631
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0743-0167
Agricultural Change and the Rise of the British Strawberry Industry, 1920-2009
Calleja, E. J.; Ilbery, B.; Mills, P. R.
Journal of Rural Studies, v28 n4 p603-611 Oct 2012
Little research has been conducted on structural change within the UK horticultural sector. This paper examines long-term changes, over a 90-year period, in one particular part of the UK horticultural sector: strawberries. It follows its growth from being a minor crop in 1920 to becoming the biggest grossing horticultural crop in 2009. Using a combination of long-term continuous datasets of agricultural statistics and primary data gathered from a behavioural study of the sector, three distinct phases of change are identified. The last phase, in particular, witnessed the biggest changes with the introduction of protected cultivation, the industrialisation of strawberry production and the divergence of practices and marketing methods leading to the formation of two distinct farm types. This industrialisation removed the geographical disadvantage of Scotland relative to England, encouraging growth of the Scottish strawberry industry and a spatial shift in the main production centres. Supermarkets have played a dominant role in the market for fresh strawberries and their importance in driving change is of high significance. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland)