I want food and potatoes, Grandpa said

What have people eaten then and why? What dishes have there been and how have they been prepared? The podcast tells about the food traditions in Kalmar County's various culturally-geographically marked areas, about food and drink among the farmers and on the estates in 19th-century Kalmar County and its changes, about societal changes and new inventions, about the introduction of electricity and the impact of industrialization and about food influences from the 1970s and forwards. Food is vital to health and well-being. There is today a growing interest in locally and regionally produced food, both in Sweden and within the EU. Kalmar county has a strong food sector. The area consists of part of the Småland landscape and all of Öland. Here, the green industries have always had great importance. The county is and has been a surplus area for meat, fish, dairy products, grains and berries. Today, a little more than two percent of the country's population lives in the county. But 95 percent of the country's beans, more than 25 percent of the country's chicken and more than ten percent of the milk, eggs and beef are produced here.

The podcast has been produced in connection with the project Unique historical Kalmar county, a three-year collaborative project that aims to develop business and cultural environments in the region in collaboration with small businesses and associations.

For more information: https://uhko.kalmar.se

Participating are historian Peter Danielsson and unit manager for pedagogy for the Kalmar county museum, Tina Lindström. Recording production and design by Andreas Juhl. 

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