US-based food and agricultural value chains and their relevance to healthy diets

Gary Gereffi, Joonkoo Lee, Michelle Christian

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This article examines the structure and health implications of two industries, chicken and tomatoes, that play prominent roles in US food and agricultural competitiveness. Both industries have become more concentrated over time, with powerful "lead firms" driving geographical, technological, and marketing changes. Overall, a processed food revolution has taken place in agricultural products that transforms the types of food and dietary options available to consumers. The nature of contemporary food and agricultural value chains affects the strategies and policies that can be effectively employed to address major health goals such as improved nutrition, food safety, and food security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)357-374
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - 2009 Jul
Externally publishedYes


  • Food and agriculture
  • Global value chains
  • Governance
  • Healthy diets


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