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The 2015 Issue of BioScience
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A Forum for Integrating the Life Sciences

Publishing 12 times a year. ISSN 0006-3568.


Thanks in large part to the dispersal of food crops around the planet and the ability to rapidly transport them before they spoil, even small produce stands can offer a global variety of foods. This suburban stand in Mumbai, India, offers foods that were originally domesticated in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and various locations in the tropics. The ability to transport crops with high sugar and water content (tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) and sell them before spoilage is absolutely dependent on the rapid movement of vehicles and relies largely on petroleum-based fuels. In an article in this issue, Sean T. Hammond and his collaborators review how storage and transportation of food have been crucial to the expansion of where humans live, their socioeconomic development and welfare, and the implications for their future food security as petroleum-based fuels become more expensive. Photograph: Jeremiah Parry-Hill.

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