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food: an atlas

Posted: October 4 2012

Food, farms, maps and a kickstarter campaign.  We like it! Check it out HERE

An atlas of food: a cooperatively-created, crowd-sourced and crowd-funded project of guerrilla cartography and publishing.
5 months
+ 80 collaborating cartographers and researchers
+ 8 volunteer editors
+ An abundance of volunteer campaign wranglers, academics, designers, and artists
+ You
= Food: An Atlas

Food: An Atlas is a collection of over 60 maps (and growing!) cooperatively-created by the guerrilla cartography community, a loose band of people who are passionate about geography or food, or both. The atlas endeavors to map food in its myriad contexts and conditions at all scales of research and geography. Dealing with subjects as varied as global cropland distribution, Los Angeles’s historic agrarian landscape, community supported fisheries in Massachusetts, the redistribution of food surpluses in Italy, and Taco Trucks of East Oakland, its chapters focus on food production, food distribution, food security and cuisine. Smaller chapters are devoted to conceptual food maps and a kids’ chapter brought to you by the UK’s Geography Collective for the youngest kickstarters to begin their exploration of the world of food.
The atlas fuses traditional cartography, poster art, infographics, and journalistic text blocking to create the map as a narrative device. Maps are a fantastic medium for illuminating complicated issues, and food is an exciting and compelling theme to explore. While food is an incredibly important aspect of all our lives, few of us have a comprehensive understanding of current food systems. By exploring and mapping the world of food we are able to gain a better understanding of the role food plays in our lives and our communities. The caliber of scholarship and artistry invested in these maps is impressive—they are informative and thought provoking, they are beautiful and they give shape to the world of food.
Visit the kickstarter page for more information.

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