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, J; & Christian, M (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's major ongoing research projects are: (1) a book (co-authored with Frederick Mayer) on the uptake of the global value chain paradigm by major international organizations in the economic and social development arena; (2) a forthcoming co-edited volume with Valentina De Marchi and Eleonora Di Maria on Local Clusters in Global Value Chains: Linking Actors and Territories Through Manufacturing and Innovation (Routledge, 2017); (3) work with the World Bank and the Inter-Ame