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Mapping the midday meal.

Map showing where the items of one meal come from around the world.

Whether grabbing a bite to eat at the mall food court or dining out leisurely with friends, we often don’t think of the geography behind lunch. In 2002, Canadians spent $39 billion annually at restaurants. While food may come from the farmer’s market down the street, it may also come from the other side of the world.

This map depicts a typical midday meal and where those ingredients ususally come from— a surprising conclusion when you think about how quickly you chow down.

“Mapping the midday meal”, Canadian Geographic, January/February 2002