Anthropology of Food

Food Mapping

The other night I introduced my class to the concept of foodmaps. Inspired by Lidia Marte’s work on this topic, we set out to spatially represent our foodways. Where does our food come from? How do we navigate the provisioning options that are available to us? What personal relations are shaped by the way we shop? What do we leave out of these maps? These are just a few of the questions that we asked as we commented on each other’s maps and interviewed each other focusing on provisioning practices.

This is an excellent research and study technique to bring greater spatial awareness to food systems. I would suggest giving it a try.