Authors: Teng Zhang*,
Topics: Asia, Urban Geography
Keywords: urban development, cuisine,
Session Type: Illustrated Paper
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Canal St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In recent years, urban consumers throughout the developing world have experienced fundamental changes to their food supplies with the liberalization and globalization of markets. During the past two decades, many food systems have expanded greatly to offer a wide variety year round. Supermarkets and other forms of modern retailers have established a presence in cities of developing nations, joining or supplanting traditional enclosed and outdoor food markets (Goldman, Krider, and Ramaswami 1999; Layton 2007). Many urban shoppers can now make choices among foods that are fresh, branded, prepared, processed, frozen, imported, locally grown, genetically modified, and many combinations of the above. Amidst this plenty, urban dwellers are increasingly removed from the sources of their food, as they rely more on distant and complex chains of production, distribution, and processing to deliver their food (e.g., Fischler 1980; Mennell, Murcott, and van Otterloo 1992).