Podcasts How Great Cities are Fed

Series Intro/Overview

Episode: 1

In this debut episode of How Great Cities Are Fed, your hosts Karen Karp and Ben Kerrick introduce the series by taking a look at some of the conditions surrounding Walter Hedden’s 1929 book, and exploring how those conditions have shifted and continue to shift. We frame the relationship between food and cities, and bring in experts to discuss how the supply chains that feed urban centers have changed in the past century. Guests for this episode are Shayna Cohen, Senior Consultant at Karp Resources and a Fulbright Scholar; Matthew D’Arrigo, Vice President and Co-Owner of D’Arrigo Brothers Company of New York; and Robyn Metcalfe, a food historian in the College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas, Austin.


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Food Waste

Food Waste

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On this episode of, How Great Cities Are Fed,, Karen Karp and Ben Kerrick explore the changing realities of food waste. There has been a significant expansion in the amount of food waste since Hedden' book was published in 1929. Today, we waste about 40% of our food in the U.S. - but the government recently announced that it wants to cut that ...
Retailer

Retailer

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On this episode of How Great Cities Are Fed,, Karen Karp and Ben Kerrick explore the specifics of food retail in NYC, and how the retail environment has changed over the past century. Guests include:Tracey Deutsch, Associate Professor of History at University of MinnesotaSuzanne Wasserman, Director of the Gotham Center for New York City ...
The Middlemen

The Middlemen

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On Episode 6 of How Great Cities are Fed, Karen and Ben are talking about The Middlemen. "The Middleman has occupied a prominent and generally unfavorable position in a great deal of the discussion of farm produce marketing during the past 15 years. In the minds of many he seems to be an anonymous and mysterious being who somehow or other ...
Transportation

Transportation

6

On Episode 5 of How Great Cities are Fed, Karen and Ben are talking about Transportation And Terminal Handling of Perishable Food. And they're broadening this a bit to talk about transportation infrastructure and how it enables our food system.
The Final Mile : Food Systems of New York

The Final Mile : Food Systems of New York

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The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is a year-long series of public programs, organized by Open House New York as part of its ongoing Urban Systems Series. The Final Mile is intended to shed light on New York City's dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more ...
The Cold Chain

The Cold Chain

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In this episode of How Great Cities Are Fed, we're going to talk about the cold chain, which was kind of just emerging at the time that Walter Hedden wrote his book, How Great Cities Are Fed - that book, of course, is the basis and inspiration for this show.
Foodsheds

Foodsheds

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In this episode of How Great Cities Are Fed, we're going to talk about foodsheds - what they are, what they mean, and how they've changed over the past century.
Markets

Markets

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In our first episode we looked pretty broadly at the food supply chain, what was going on with U.S. agriculture when Hedden was writing, and the infrastructure that brings food from the fields into our cities. Today, we're focusing on the point in the supply chain where products are aggregated and sold further on - to wholesalers, ...