The Effect of Mechanical Refrigeration on Nutrition in the United States

  title={The Effect of Mechanical Refrigeration on Nutrition in the United States},
  author={Lee A. Craig and Barry K. Goodwin and Thomas J. Grennes},
  journal={Social Science History},
  pages={325 - 336}
Although the principles of refrigeration have been understood for thousands of years, the widespread use of mechanical refrigeration in the processing, shipping, and storing of perishable commodities began only in the 1890s. Because refrigeration facilitated the hygienic handling and storage of perishables, it promoted output growth, consumption, and nutrition through the spatial and temporal integration of markets for perishables. We estimate the impact of mechanical refrigeration on output… 
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