The Cold Chain

The Cold Chain

In the current issue of Cabinet, Nicola Twilley explores the artificial winter of refrigeration, the man-made cold climate logistics of food processing, transportation and storage that has “reshaped our entire food system.”

“More than three-quarters of the food consumed in the United States today is processed, packaged, shipped, stored, and sold under artificial refrigeration. The shiny, humming stainless steel box in your kitchen is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak—a tiny fragment of the vast global network of temperature-controlled storage and distribution warehouses cumulatively capable of hosting uncounted billions of cubic feet of chilled flesh, fish, or fruit. Add to that an equally vast and immeasurable volume of thermally controlled space in the form of shipping containers, wine cellars, floating fish factories, international seed banks, meat-aging lockers, and livestock semen storage, and it becomes clear that the evolving architecture of coldspace is as ubiquitous as it is varied, as essential as it is overlooked.”

 – “The Coldscape,” Nicola Twilley, Cabinet

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Top image: Kelvinator Foodarama Refrigerator-Freezer, circa 1955. 

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