We eat food nearly every day of our lives, but we rarely think about where it comes from. Has it ever seemed strange to you that you can buy bananas (which can only be grown in the tropics) in the dead of Winter here in upstate New York? This is because of a massive system of integrated parts which none of us will even notice unless something goes awry. From the hands that grow and pick the fruit to the trucks and boats that ship it across the planet to the cash registers of the marketplace where you buy it, the systems which enable you to buy a banana for your morning smoothie are truly all-encompassing. Unfortunately, those systems also play a large role in climate change and human rights abuses.
The supply chain of food production is a long one.