Throughout history, food has played an essential role in the construction of cultural identity. A country’s cuisine is a product of its heritage and customs. And accessibility to safe food, many say, is a human right.
But the journey from farm to table has become increasingly complex, threatening traditional ideas about what and how we eat. A growing population means large-scale operations are needed to produce the food our planet needs, but these systems can also make our food supply less transparent. And as the distance between where food is grown and where it’s consumed increases, corruption has a growing opportunity to seep onto our plates.