US-Based Food and Agricultural Value Chains and Their Relevance to Healthy Diets.
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This article examines the structure and health implications of two industries, chicken and tomatoes, that play prominent roles in US food and agricultural competitiveness. Both industries have become more concentrated over time, with powerful "lead firms" driving geographical, technological, and marketing changes. Overall, a processed food revolution has taken place in agricultural products that transforms the types of food and dietary options available to consumers. The nature of contemporary food and agricultural value chains affects the strategies and policies that can be effectively employed to address major health goals such as improved nutrition, food safety, and food security.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1080/19320240903321276
Publication InfoGereffi, Gary; Lee, Joonkoo; & Christian, Michelle (2009). US-Based Food and Agricultural Value Chains and Their Relevance to Healthy Diets. J Hunger Environ Nutr, 4(3-4). pp. 357-374. 10.1080/19320240903321276. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/12430.
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Professor Emeritus of Sociology
Gary Gereffi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Value Chains Center at Duke University (https://gvcc.duke.edu/). He has published over a dozen books and numerous articles on globalization, industrial upgrading, and social and economic development, and he is one of the originators of the global value chains framework. His most recent books are: <a href="https://www.elgaronline.com/view/edcoll/