Weekend Reading: From Farm to Canal Street
Valerie Inbruce. From Farm to Canal Street: Chinatown’s Alternative Food Network in the Global Marketplace. Cornell University Press, 2015.
I live in downtown Manhattan, love to wander through the open-air food markets in Chinatown, and have always wondered how the extraordinarily fresh and exotic vegetables and fruits get there. Who grows them, and where?
The answers: supply chains based on family connections (of course), in Florida, Honduras, and Guatemala.
Inbruce views the supply chains as an alternative to industrial food systems, one that provides vegetables of outstanding quality at low cost, while supporting small farmers.
Instructors of courses in food systems: this book belongs in your syllabus. It is essential reading for anyone interested in who produces food for urban areas and how it gets into cities.