The Problem with Feeding CitiesThe Social Transformation of Infrastructure, Abundance, and Inequality in America

The Problem with Feeding CitiesThe Social Transformation of Infrastructure, Abundance, and Inequality in America

Andrew Deener

Print publication date: 2021

ISBN: 9780226702919

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

The Problem with Feeding Cities is a sociological and historical examination of the US food system. It explains how the food system transformed from feeding cities to feeding regions to feeding an entire nation, and in turn, why that process shifted the system’s underlying logic from fulfilling basic needs to satisfying profit margins. The book also explains how and why this system has failed communities. Food-access issues are the result of infrastructural disruptions stemming from how markets and cities developed, how distribution systems arose, and how organizations coordinated the movement, quantity, and quality of food. Building on archival research, 190 interviews with food industry stakeholders, and observations and tours of distribution facilities, The Problem with Feeding Cities profiles a wide variety of people connected to the food chain, including farmers, supermarket executives, logistics experts, food bank employees, and public health advocates.