#490. 40 Maps That Explain Food in America

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40 Maps That Explain Food in America

We found the following link on a recent AgClips, the weekly e-newsletter from State Agriculture and Rural Leaders. It provides a fascinating look at food in America. Some of the topics are very familiar to loyal Agurban followers, such as Map 2: % of American workforce in Agriculture and Map 4: Farm output keeps climbing. Following is the introduction to the piece, and below that is a link to the maps.

The future of the nations will depend on the manner of how they feed themselves, wrote the French epicurean Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1826. Almost 200 years later, how nations feed themselves has gotten a lot more complicated. That’s particularly true in the US, where food insecurity coexists with an obesity crisis, where fast food is everywhere and farmer’s markets are spreading, where foodies have never had more power and McDonald’s has never had more locations, and where the possibility of a barbecue-based civil war is always near. So here are 40 maps, charts, and graphs that show where our food comes from and how we eat it, with some drinking thrown in for good measure.

40 Maps That Explain Food in America