Over the last few years, food has emerged as a major issue in the mainstream press and planning circles. Since World War II, a global system of food production and consumption has emerged that has focused on cheapness (low cost to consumers, high profit margins for corporations) and convenience (easy to store and cook for consumers, easy to grow and transport for corporations). It has increasingly been recognized that other values, especially health, taste and the environment, have been sacrificed in the pursuit of cheapness and convenience: a realization not only made by policy advocates but by the public at large. Influential contributions in this area include Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary “Super Size Me"and Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

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