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In Food Routes, Robyn Metcalfe explores an often-overlooked aspect of the global food system: how food moves from producer to consumer.

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In Food Routes, Robyn Metcalfe explores an often-overlooked aspect of the global food system: how food moves from producer to consumer. She finds that the food supply chain is adapting to our increasingly complex demands for both personalization and convenience—but, she says, it won't be an easy ride.

Networked, digital tools will improve the food system but will also challenge our relationship to food in anxiety-provoking ways. It might not be easy to transfer our affections from verdant fields of organic tomatoes to high-rise greenhouses tended by robots. And yet, argues Metcalfe—a cautious technology optimist—technological advances offer opportunities for innovations that can get better food to more people in an increasingly urbanized world.

Metcalfe follows a slice of New York pizza and a club sandwich through the food supply chain; considers local foods, global foods, and food deserts; investigates the processing, packaging, and storage of food; explores the transportation networks that connect farm to plate; and explains how food can be tracked using sensors and the Internet of Things. Future food may be engineered, networked, and nearly independent of crops grown in fields. New technologies can make the food system more efficient—but at what cost to our traditionally close relationship with food?

"Food Routes is an intriguing look at where our food does (and doesn't) come from, where it will and should, and why tech is not a panacea." -Mark Bittman, author of How to Cook Everything

"A fresh, eye-opening analysis of the logistics of getting food from farm gates to consumers' plates. Metcalfe's on-the-grounf research in Asia, Europe, and the Americas brings a welcome dose of reality to the often-sloganeering world of food politics." -Rachel Laudan, author of Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History

“Narrator Donna Postel ensures that Robyn Metcalfe's plea for food efficiency comes through with passion.” ---AudioFile

Food Routes

Growing Bananas in Iceland and Other Tales from the Logistics of Eating

Author Robyn S. Metcalfe

Narrated by Donna Postel

Publication date Mar 5, 2019

Running time 9 hrs

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