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Food Maps

http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/photos/food-maps-illustrate-world-22900161/image-22900530

Check out these photos of food maps illustrate the world. I think this fits in perfectly our current section on food history. I think it’s interesting that even though we have a variety of ingredients in the world, most countries have a unique ingredient that they can kind of claim to be their symbol and that you can tell a lot about a country based on the food that people are consuming. For example, you can tell that South America has tropical climates that have abundant rain, high humanity and warm temperature throughout the year because thats’s where citrus grow best. Also, Japan is a small country that is surrounded by a sea of water which would make sense why seaweed is their main produce.

 

2 Responses to “Food Maps”

  1. jfratkin says:

    The food maps are really creative and I agree that they show a lot about the countries and the food that represents them. Each country has a food history that has developed into a symbol of the country. It is pretty cool that each country can be defined by a particular food. It would be interesting to examine a little further where some of the symbols originate. Some of them aren’t actually representative of the food history, such as New Zealanders being called Kiwis. It actually comes from the symbol of New Zealand, an indigenous flightless bird called a kiwi. Fun fact!

  2. annakai says:

    High praise to the photographer and artist who created this masterpiece, I like how they defied the whole “don’t play with your food” rule. Not only does their art show (in a very creative way) the food that is most prevalent in each country, but as a whole I think this also demonstrates the interdependence our world has on food trade. South America, for instance, has the favorable climate and geography for growing citrus fruits, which can be brought to countries of Africa which are a geographical disadvantage for harvesting such foods. Likewise, plantains from Africa can be transported to the regions of South America where growing this particular crop would be unfeasible. Like we learned from McWilliams book “Just Food”, when we analyze the Life Cycle Assessment of food production, often it makes more sense to just import foods from foreign countries than to expend the extra energy trying to grow that food locally in an unfavorable climate. I know a lot of people are quick to jump behind the ideas of the locavore “eat local” movement, but artwork like this shows the practicality and necessity for global food trade.

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