Is Food Diversity an Illusion?
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City
The average supermarket contains almost 40,000 unique items, but how much diversity is really offered when it comes to our food choices? This presentation uses visualization to explore (1) apparently competing brands that are owned by the same parent company, (2) products owned by different firms but produced in the very same facility, (3) the small number of ingredients that make up most processed foods, and (4) the even smaller number of plant and animal varieties that go into our diets. It will also cover steps we can take to support real food diversity.
Phil Howard is Associate Professor of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. His information graphics depicting food industry changes have been featured in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, E-The Environmental Magazine, Good Magazine, and Mother Earth News.