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Beginning and development
The double revolution in agriculture and industry,
which occurred in England in the 18th century, laid the foundation for
the development of the agro-food industry, and completely changed the conditions
for agriculture and food-production.
of the agro-food industry
agro-food industry (def.) replaced agriculture first in the transformation
of agricultural foods (for example : substitution of industrial butter
for farmer-produced butter; more recently, it allowed the replacement of
homemade foods with ready-made
food products (def.) ( food ready to cook, food, pre-cooked, ready
to eat or to heat in microwave ovens). The wide development of restaurants
and fast-food outlets led to further industrialization in the food production
line, and to changes in the cooking equipment used in homes.
At the agro-industrial food system stage, agriculture remains the irreplaceable
basis for food production. An industrial and commercial superstructure
is built on this base. This superstructure ultimately commands a much larger
share than agriculture in the food
expenses of the consumer (def.).
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