Carolyn Steel On How Food Shapes Our Cities
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Every day, in a city the size of London, 30 million meals are served. But where does all the food come from? Architect Carolyn Steel discusses the daily miracle of feeding a city, and shows how ancient food routes shaped the modern world.
The question of how to feed cities may be one of the biggest
contemporary questions, yet it's never asked: we take for granted that
if we walk into a store or a restaurant, food will be there, magically coming from somewhere.
Yet, think of it this way: just in London, every single day, 30 million
meals must be provided. Without a reliable food supply, even the most
modern city would collapse quickly. And most people today eat food of
whose provenance they are unaware.