Write in Brief
Give two examples from history to show the impact of technology on food availability.
The impact of technology on food availability was significant. The railways, steamships, the telegraph were important inventions which transformed the nineteenth-century world as mentioned below:
i. Animals took more space on the ship.
ii. Many died in the voyage.
iii. Many fell ill and lost weight.
iv. Many became unfit to eat.
Earlier there was less demand due to high prices. The new technology i.e., refrigerated ships, enabled the transport of perishable foods over long distances because now the animals were slaughtered at the starting point and then transported to other places as frozen meat. This reduced the price of meat. The poor could also afford meat and add to their diet. Better living conditions promoted social peace within the country and support for imperialism abroad. Thus, technology made the availability of food products possible in different and faraway places.