Geo Exam 1 - The Von Thunen Model was created before the industrial age The model showed how a market can determine how and where certain land was

Geo Exam 1 - The Von Thunen Model was created before...

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The Von Thunen Model was created before the industrial age. The model showed how a market can determine how and where certain land was used for agriculture. The assumption was that the land was completely flat and had no major rivers, mountains, etc., that would impact the method of travel. There was also an assumption that there would be no competition among the suppliers or farmers who delivered their agricultural product to the marketplace. The marketplace would be in the center of the model, with rings representing the land around it. The function of the land was determined by the distance from the center, or marketplace, and how much it would eventually cost to transport the goods. The model remains evident in today’s age. If a product does not make enough revenue due to the cost of exporting it, there would be no reason for a supplier to produce it. Many have to weigh out the potential costs and potential revenues in order to determine if the end result is profitable. Although Von Thunen’s model seemed to be effective, many would undermine his theories. His model was created at an isolated state and it did not take other natural and human factors that had the potential to greatly influence the results. For instance, exporting by boat was the cheapest method of travel of the time in which one could make a profit on a certain product that otherwise would not have by the traditional mode of travel. Thunen also did not take into consideration the changes in potential demand. Although location deemed to signify importance, his model was too constricting to make a large impact. The biggest challenge over the next 50 years for the generation would not be food supply and housing. That can be easily fixed. Changing the way individuals eat would be simple.

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