Food Chain (This Meal Is Brought to You By...)
May 14, 2019 7:25 AM   Subscribe

"Taking as our premise that there might be a fascinating food-chain story behind each and every ingredient that goes into all the stuff we eat, we set out to track our daily grub as far back as we could... The goal of this exercise wasn’t to tally food miles or weigh the pros and cons of agribusiness (though obviously those subjects demand constant and exhaustive scrutiny) but simply to trace the origins of things we modern eaters have largely learned to take for granted — and to acknowledge the seed breeders, fish processors, tomato canners, lime importers, and truck drivers who make it happen." Where an Entire Day’s Worth of Food Came From, by Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld, Grub Street).
posted by MonkeyToes (4 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
If this is your thing, I cannot CANNOT suggest Margaret Vissar's Much Depends On Dinner strongly enough. There's some parts of it available on Google Books, might whet your appetite. It's one of the most remarkable things I've ever read about food, and it changed the way I look at the world.
posted by hippybear at 7:48 AM on May 14 [2 favorites]

For a visual accompaniment, see the German movie Our Daily Bread. Not for the weak of stomach, however.
posted by oluckyman at 4:27 PM on May 14

To be fair, Our Daily Bread is... yes doing the same thing but also doing something else.
posted by hippybear at 4:38 PM on May 14

It's kind of shocking, but also makes capitalistic (and food industry/marketing) sense, how much of this story is about producing or procuring in volume.

They don't directly address it but make references to the dynamic in the food industry that if you're going to offer a constant menu, you need to be able to source ingredients at the quality you want year-round, at the volume you need to serve all your customers, regardless of seasonality. Which is a hard thing to do especially for seasonal produce.
posted by kalessin at 6:22 AM on May 15

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