Circular Metabolism
Circular Metabolism Podcast
Feeding Cities - The relationship betwen food supply and cities (Podcast with Carolyn Steel)

Feeding Cities - The relationship betwen food supply and cities (Podcast with Carolyn Steel)

📺 Welcome to the 47th episode of the Circular Metabolism Podcast: Feeding Cities - The relationship betwen food supply and cities with Carolyn Steel 📺.

🏙️ On today’s episode we will talk about one of my newfound loves: Urban Environmental History. More specifically today we will talk about how food cycle and the shape of our cities were and still are intimately connected. In fact, we don’t seem to care that much about it, but every day food travels from around the planet to our plate and we have no idea how. While in the past the main preoccupation of cities was to supply enough food for its citizens, today we consider this as granted. As we will see this happened through a sequence of technical inventions, economic incentives and planning regulations transformed the food-urbanisation nexus.

🎓 To talk about this fascinating topic I have Carolyn Steel, an architect, lecturer, speaker and author who has spent the last 20 years to investigate the relationship between food and cities. She is the autor of two books “Hungry City: How Food Shapes our Lives” and “Sitopia”. I enjoyed very much reading this book as it resonated very much with some of the urban metabolism research I enjoy very much which studies socioecological transitions.

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0:00 Introduction of the Episode

2:24 Introduction of Carolyn Steel

10:50 How to study the complex relationship between food and cities

17:58 What came first the city or agriculture ?

27:40 The duality between city and countryside

34:45 The value of food in history

42:47 Orchestration of changes that radically changed the food system from the 18th to the 20th C.

55:46 How linearity of nitrogen, energy, water arrived at the same time

1:03:41 Definition of Sitopia

1:04:27 What would it look like if we could reconcile feeding and housing the global population

1:13:00 The work of George Dodd

1:17:00 How do we survive when we don’t know how much food we need to supply to cities ?

1:19:00 Future research of Carolyn Steel

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Circular Metabolism
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👋Bonjour et Bienvenu.e au Circular Metabolism Podcast. Le rendez vous bi-hebdomadaire qui interviewe des chercheurs, des décideurs politiques et des praticiens pour mieux comprendre le métabolisme de nos villes et comment réduire leur impact environnemental d’une manière systémique, juste et contextualisée. Ce podcast est produit par Aristide Athanassiadis membre et co-fondateur de Metabolism of Cities.