Our Cities Were Shaped by Food

Architect Chris Precht on how our disconnection to food has transformed everything:

The invention of the railway, pasteurization and refrigeration changed the delivery system of our food. The production and the consumption no longer depended on close proximity. All of a sudden it was possible to overcome long distances in a short amount of time and the food could be kept fresh for a longer. That made it possible to grow food far away from sight and mind. We became distant to it. We no longer witnessed the slaughtering of pigs or the dirt of the harvest, and merely became consumers of the end product. With this disconnection to the origin of our food, we lost an understanding of its importance.

March 7, 2019