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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What’s Between The Farm And Your Fridge?

An employee at the Whaling City Seafood Auction pulls a pallet of scallops sold at action earlier in the day through a refrigerated storage room to be loaded on a truck in New Bedford, Mass., in May 2012. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

An employee at the Whaling City Seafood Auction pulls a pallet of scallops sold at action earlier in the day through a refrigerated storage room to be loaded on a truck in New Bedford, Mass., in May 2012. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Tropicana tank farm in Bradenton, Florida. (Nicola Twilley)

Tropicana tank farm in Bradenton, Florida. (Nicola Twilley)

The first U.S. patent for a refrigerator was awarded to a Florida doctor in 1851, but it wasn’t intended to cool food. The inventor wanted to use it for air conditioning.

Now, artificial refrigeration has completely changed the way we eat.

Nicola Twilley is author of the blog Edible Geography, as well as co-founder of the Foodprint Project and director of Studio-X NYC, an urban futures network run by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning.

She wrote about the network of giant refrigeration spaces across the country for Cabinet magazine.

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