Food systems: Description and trends

Andrew Berardy, Heidi Lynch, Christopher Wharton

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1 Scopus citations


The evolution and current operation of food systems is complex, including multiple actors and stakeholders as well as widely differing views on how food systems should operate and what specifically they ought to provide for people. This chapter presents a chronological view of the evolution of food systems from the earliest days of hunters and gatherers to modern agriculture. The consequences of our current industrialized system are analyzed and a food life cycle graphic helps clarify the challenges and opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironmental Nutrition
Subtitle of host publicationConnecting Health and Nutrition with Environmentally Sustainable Diets
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780128116609
ISBN (Print)9780128116616
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Agriculture
  • Food system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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