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Monterrey is the capital city of the state of Nuevo Leon in Mexico. Historically it is the leading industrial city of Mexico, with a strong history of foreign direct investment. Located in the northeastern part of the country, its proximity to Texas has fostered its status as a modern cosmopolitan metropolis. The past couple decades have been characterized by a history of violence, but that is now diminishing as citizens' groups are "taking back our city". The hot and arid climate of the region meant that, as the metropolis developed, it had to rely on some importation of food from other parts of the country.

The paper investigates the emergence and development of innovation and resistance in the regional food system of the Monterrey metropolitan region. Without ascribing any functionalist properties to the agrifood system, the paper uses the concept of an agrifood value chain and its ancillary components to analyze the ways in which the regional agrifood system has developed and changed during the past several decades. Specifically the paper investigates the changing relationships between: primary production (farm, ranch, garden), processing, wholesale distribution, retail sales, commercial and institutional food service, and final consumption.




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Resistance and Innovation In the Evolving Urban Food System of Monterrey Mexico