When Wheat Was King
The Rise and Fall of the Canada-UK Grain Trade
- PUBLISHED: May 2016
- SUBJECT LISTING: Food, History / Canadian History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 216 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 14 illus.
- ISBN: 9780774831147
Over a century, the Canadian prairies went from being the breadbasket of the world to a grain-growing region in a vast, global agri-food system. Magnan traces the causes and consequences of this evolution, from the first transatlantic shipments of wheat to the controversial dismantling of the Canadian Wheat Board. When Wheat Was King reveals how farmers, governments, and consumers, over successive periods, responded to industrialization, international trade rules set by the US, the liberalization of global markets, and the consolidation of corporate power. The result is fascinating look at how regional, national, and international politics have influenced agriculture and food industries in Canada, the UK, and around the world.
Authors & Contributors
Andre Magnan is associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Studies at the University of Regina.
1. Forging the Canada-UK Wheat Trade: Experimentation and Crisis, 1870-1945
2. Regulating the Wheat Sector: Consensus and Contradiction, 1945-95
3. Reinventing Industrial Bread: Wheat as Food Commodity and Premium Product, 1995-
4. Transforming the Wheat Sector: Conflicts over the Canadian Wheat Board, GM Wheat, and Local Bread, 1995-
In When Wheat Was King, André Magnan successfully weaves together examinations of the international wheat trade, food regimes, and changes in national food industries. By focusing on a single, geographically bounded commodity – Canadian wheat – he sheds new light on how actors adapt to, resist, and shape food regimes.- Bill Winders, author of The Politics of Food Supply: US Agricultural Policy in the World Economy
In telling the history of the Canadian Wheat Board – a unique institution not only in Canada but also in the world agrarian economy – André Magnan clearly reveals the impact of the global agri-food system on national farming institutions and practices.- Hannah Wittman, coeditor of Food Sovereignty in Canada: Creating Just and Sustainable Food Systems