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Shortening the Food Chain: Re-intergating Food into the City"

“Being able to grow and store surplus food, established our first cities, and communities decline or develop depending on their independence in land, food and water. Until the nineteenth century, most food chains were short; we knew the farmer, the herdsmen and the miller. Their reputation dictated the success of their livelihoods and trust between consumer and producer was built on first-hand knowledge of their safe and healthy food practices. But, the long food chain of growers, processors, packers, traders, distributors and retailers has made us vulnerable. Short food chains are more secure, safer and may also be healthier and more economical.”

Bee Farrell, quoted in http://www.cityplanter.co.uk/out-and-about/shortening-the-food-chain-re-integrating-food-into-cities