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Supermarket USAFood and Power in the Cold War Farms Race$
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Shane Hamilton

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300232691

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300232691.001.0001

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(p.210) Epilogue
Supermarket USA

Shane Hamilton

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The epilogue centers on the question of how the contemporary world of global agribusiness differs, but also builds upon, the structures of the Cold War Farms Race. A brief discussion of Walmart’s entry into India opens the epilogue, offering an examination of how agricultural development as pursued by multinational corporations has been framed as an apolitical exercise. Yet as a brief discussion of Venezuela’s current food crisis demonstrates, the power exercised in food supply chains means that no such action can be apolitical. A discussion of supermarkets’ penetration into Eastern Europe after the end of the Cold War furthermore highlights the ongoing contestation over what counts as “free enterprise” in the global supermarket-driven food economy. Finally the epilogue offers a few words on the paucity of contemporary food politics discourse and the problem of assuming consumer sovereignty.

Keywords:   Walmart, India, Venezuela, Discount supermarkets, Amazon, Locavore

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