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Oilseed Cakes in Italy and France: Opportunities and Difficulties of a Market (late 19th and first half of the 20th Century)

Ölkuchen in Italien und Frankreich: Chancen und Schwierigkeiten eines Marktes (spätes 19. Jahrhundert und erste Hälfte des 20. Jahrhunderts)
Luca Andreoni


This paper addresses the trade and commercialisation of oilseed cakes (residues from the extraction of oils) and press cakes in Italy and France during the last decades of the 19th century and in the first half of the 20th century. It tries to demonstrate that the diffusion of oilseed cakes for livestock, a distinctive sign of the intensification of breeding that involved all of Europe, or as organic fertilisers, took place at the crossroads of multiple dynamics. Trade policy of the states, industrial choices and development paths of the different rural worlds help to explain the variations in timing, spatial scale and methods used. The spread of oilseed cakes confirms that the modernisation of European agriculture happened on different and interrelated fronts.

JEL Classification: N 53; N 54


For comments on a preliminary version of this paper, I would like to thank Gianpiero Fumi, who directed me to relevant bibliographic corpus on oilseed cakes in Italy, Léo Charles, Laurent Herment, Arnaud Page, Christine Strottman and the participants of the panel 9 of the EURHO Conference 2017, held in Leuven. The responsability for the results is entirely mine.

Published Online: 2021-04-30
Published in Print: 2021-05-26

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