Food systems around the world are dependent on supply chains that connect the fate of consumers in one region to producers in another. Major problems are already buffeting these systems, from the chronic failure to provide adequate nutrition to growing environmental shocks. In this episode of the “Great Unraveling?” series, Raj Patel joins Laurie Laybourn-Langton to consider food systems — the problems facing these systems and the fragilities inherent to them and ask what these mean in an uncertain future.
Raj Patel is an award-winning author, filmmaker, and academic with voluminous experience and expertise in understanding and seeking change in food systems. He’s Research Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. His latest book, co-written with Jason W. Moore is A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things.