I had hoped to share maps exploring fun topics related to what people eat around the world, but that was tougher than I had expected. It turns out there’s not much serious research around important questions like favourite desserts around the word, favourite snacks, or chocolate consumption. That data seems to have been gathered by the fast food companies and marketers, and it didn’t seem too consistent or meaningful. I didn’t really want a map of how many McDonald’s there are in each country or one showing Mars Bars as the favourite chocolate bar almost everywhere – sorry, don’t believe that! So we’re going to take a more serious look at food consumption around the world than I had initially intended. I’ll try for some lighter map offerings next week, while I’m eating some of my favourite snacks and chocolate!
How secure is your food supply?
Food security is a measure of how secure adequate sources of food are in a given region. Similar to last week’s look at supply and demand for fresh water, some countries produce more of one or more foods than they need, so they can export the excess – while other countries produce less food than they need and so have to rely on being able to import from other countries.
What do people like to drink?
What meats and fish do people like to eat?
Note: Demersal Fish are ocean bottom feeders like sole and flounder. Pelagic Fish are mid-depth ocean fish, which includes everything from sardines and anchovies to swordfish and tuna.
What grains do people eat?
How much sugar do people eat?
How much salt do people take in?
I bet none of you expected that North Americans would not have the highest intake of salt. I know I didn’t!