We all use map apps on our iPhones and Android, pulling them up even when we pretty much know exactly where we are (but maybe deep down feel spiritually lost).
The forthcoming Food: An Atlas promises to bring a new and perhaps more illuminating layer to mapping, though, by focusing on foodways. UC Berkeley geography professor Darin Jensen and his team have completed the crowd-sourced “guerilla cartography” project, which they say “shows where food is grown, how it moves around the world and who has access to it.” A team 80-strong homed in on food and relevant issues by drawing up maps pertaining to food production and distribution, food security, and cuisine.
On their Kickstarter page, where they successfully fundraised $29,569, co-editor of the project Molly Roy explains the impetus for the atlas in an intro video: “Maps are an excellent medium to illuminate complicated issues. And food is a really intriguing theme to explore. While it’s so important for all our lives, most of us don’t have a comprehensive understanding of what our food is and where it comes from.”
Food: An Atlas joins projects like Foodprint, an exploration of food and urban space founded by Nicola Twilley and Sarah Rich. Copies of the atlas are available for sale via the Kickstarter page and will be shipped out next month. A portion of book sales will be donated to a food-related nonprofit organization.