On a Broader Description of Alimentary Consumption Patterns: The Case of Greece (1957-2005)

  •  Ioannis Sotiropoulos    
  •  Constantinos Frangos    
  •  Christos Frangos    
  •  Vassilios P. Filios    


Understanding the formation and evolution of alimentary consumption patterns requires a broad and multidimensional
approach. Foods originate either from plants and animals, representing the living processes, or agriculture and industry,
representing the non-living processes, and in these forms they play their biological role. Additionally, the consumption
of foods has multiple consequences (social, economic, health, etc.) on an individual level as well as on a wider collective
level. In this essay we attempt to describe alimentary consumption patterns in Greece (1957-2005) from three different
dimensions: a natural dimension (animal or plant origin), a technical one (agricultural or industrial origin) and finally, a
biological one (nutritional properties). The description, which we will use as the foundation to create an interpretative
theory, is done through charts and tables, based on numerical indicators that are deduced from simple illustrative functions.
Tables used in the present paper are either simple or double-entry and we present spreading diagrams as well.

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