Vol. 13 No. 4 (2022):
Research Article

On the transformation of regional food systems: From autochthonous to those generated by globalization

Svetlana Kornekova
St. Petersburg State University of Economics, Russia

Published 2022-06-25


  • Food systems,
  • Globalization,
  • Trade networks,
  • Expansion of TNCs National cuisine,
  • Culinary sovereignty

How to Cite

Kornekova, Svetlana. 2022. “On the Transformation of Regional Food Systems: From Autochthonous to Those Generated by Globalization”. European Journal of Geography 13 (4):034-044. https://doi.org/10.48088/ejg.s.kor.


Attention is focused on the historical transformation of regional food systems. The latter
are interpreted as diversified, regionally defined systems of production, transportation,
consumption, as well as aesthetic and spiritual perception of food products based on the
use of resources, both of local origin and those attracted from outside. The general
approaches to understanding the evolution of regional food systems are considered
without specifying the past and present pictures of the differentiated food space. An
attempt is made to find the connection of spatial food systems with the "pyramid of
needs" by A. Maslow. A special role in the spatial transformation of the food sector is
assigned to the process of globalization and, in particular, the strengthening of the
hegemony of agrarian transnational corporations, strengthening their influence on the
dynamics and structure of production, as well as on food consumption. The connection
of the global expansion of food trade networks with the evolution of national cuisines,
which are a specific subsystem of the world's food systems, as well as with the so-called
"cultural sovereignty" of countries, is noted. It is concluded that it is important to study
the sustainable dependencies of regional food systems, manifested in various socioeconomic conditions


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