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Corporate Swine: A Global Value Chain Analysis of Pork Production, Processing, and Retailing in Southwestern Ontario

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dc.contributor.advisor Winson, Anthony MacDonald, Katie Melissa 2016-05-09T16:22:35Z 2016-05-09T16:22:35Z 2016-04 2016-04-25 2016-05-09
dc.description.abstract This doctoral thesis provides a global value chain analysis of Southwestern Ontario pork production and processing, and broader retailing sectors, to understand the political and economic challenges experienced by hog producers and the wider hog industry. In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with 26 hog producers and 18 key industry informants between June and November 2015. A number of explicit and implicit political and economic challenges to production were identified. Explicit themes include a lack of kill or shackle space in Ontario, no control over pricing, and the influence of animal rights groups and their “vegan agenda” to remove all animals from agriculture. Implicit themes include overproduction and export dependence, a contradictory stance on the value of agricultural subsidies versus agricultural safety-nets, and conflict among producers and the tendency to consumer-blame. An argument is further made for how control is exercised throughout the entire value chain, as powerful further processors and retailers dictate production practices based on a meticulously-calculated pricing formulation based on hog leanness that requires producer-adherence. The results outline how political and economic conditions greatly influence hog production in Southwestern Ontario. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Global Value Chain Analysis en_US
dc.subject Political Economy en_US
dc.subject Swine en_US
dc.subject Pork Production en_US
dc.subject Meat Processing en_US
dc.subject Slaughter en_US
dc.subject Value-Added en_US
dc.subject Canadian Food Retailing en_US
dc.subject Lean Hogs en_US
dc.title Corporate Swine: A Global Value Chain Analysis of Pork Production, Processing, and Retailing in Southwestern Ontario en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Sociology en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Department of Sociology and Anthropology en_US
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