SOIL Sangre de Cristo will host a discussion at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday January 28, with author of The Secret Life of Groceries: The Dark Miracle of the Supermarket, Benjamin Lorr.
He will discuss his adventures and findings while writing the novel. The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly heightened awareness of our food supply and the grocery stores we visit to stock up. Grocery workers have become more essential throughout 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic has expanded and grown.
Lorr will discuss issues related to the country’s food chain; how much do consumers know about what really goes on behind the scenes in local supermarkets, both now and before COVID-19? Keeping U.S. markets stocked with a wide array of choices relies on an army of farmers, supplies, truckers and retail workers.
Lorr spent five years studying all aspects of American supermarkets, from suppliers, distributors and supply routes to the workers in retail outlets. Lorr met with farmers and fieldworkers.
He once spent 120 hours without a break, driving the highways with a trucker as she made her multi-state rounds. Lorr worked the fish counter at a Whole Foods Market for a few months and visited trade shows to learn about entrepreneurs trying to break into the industry.
He also traveled to Asia to learn about commodity fishing where he uncovered human rights issues. The result of his research is an intense, immersive, humorous and sometimes shocking portrait of the modern American supermarket.
Featured image: The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr. Image courtesy Penguin Random House LLC