Europe’s largest lorry terminal in its day, with over 120 loading bays. More fish arrives in Boulogne-sur-Mer on the back of a lorry than on a fishing boat.

Urban Food Chains looks at the development of city life from the agrarian civilisations of Sumeria and Mesopotamia through to the twenty first century. The ability of humanity to settle in one place, let alone live in harmony with nature, appears to meet with limited success (apologies for understatement). But prehistory consists of millennia of stable civilised living in a number of locations around the world. These were either killed off by the arrival of civilisation (irony intended) or other events that were not recorded in prehistory. So somebody has been doing something right.

As the name suggests, Urban Food Chains looks at the structures and content of what keeps cities fed. It’s about food, but not necessarily as we know it. Despite occasional moments of flippancy, Urban Food Chains is intended to be a serious title even though it is produced on a solitary basis. Having wrestled unsuccessfully with subscription news systems, I am making the site open access, with plans to introduce comments temporarily, if this can be achieved without being submerged in spam. You are welcome to join the conversation, but not to seize the microphone.

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Peter Crosskey.

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