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George C. Davis and Elena L. Serrano

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199379118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199379118.001.0001

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An Overview of the Food System, Economic Systems, and Systems Theory

An Overview of the Food System, Economic Systems, and Systems Theory

(p.149) 11 An Overview of the Food System, Economic Systems, and Systems Theory
Food and Nutrition Economics

George C. Davis

Elena L. Serrano

Oxford University Press

The first step in understanding the production economics side is to understand the main five sectors in our food system and how they are related. Chapter 11 gives an overview of the five main sectors in the food system -- from the field to the fork. The chapter gives data on the contribution each sector makes to the US food dollar. All of these sectors are trying to answer the same fundamental questions that all economic systems are designed to answer. Therefore, it is beneficial to couch the discussion in a larger context of economic systems and systems theory. Understanding these broader principles provides a very constructive framework for discussing the challenges facing the food system.

Keywords:   food system, farming, wholesalers, retailing, food dollar, economic systems, systems theory

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