What’s eating India?

by Jeremy Cherfas on July 30, 2013

Resources Research undertook a labour of love to produce this graph. It shows, for 20 Indian states, roughly how much of pulses and cereals each tenth of the population eats each month. I urge you to go and read the full post for the details.

Bottom line: Of the 200 populations, 43 are “severely deficient” in cereals and pulses required per month.

The graph is based on data from national surveys of “Consumer Expenditure,” so I don’t know whether it includes food people grow rather than buy, but I doubt that makes much difference overall.

Makanaka makes lots of interesting points about the data, comparing the 2009-2010 survey with a similar one done five years before. Overall, this is a terrific example of open data allowing people to offer alternative interpretations to the standard line.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

bruno vitale October 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

dear friends, we hope you could be interested in our e-book: ‘the guide for the perplexed entering the maze of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore’ – a free e-book, distributed under creativecommons licence 3,0: no IPRs, no royalties, you can freely copy and distribute and modify; only conditions: to quote the source, and no commercial use allowed; please send us your e-mail address to get a copy: deuxkamikaze2@yahoo.com
friendly, anne gut and bruno vitale, geneva, ch

Reply

bruno vitale October 27, 2013 at 3:36 pm

‘the guide’ is now on the web space, just ask google for:

“you will not find, either in the Maze or in this Guide, only”

(a very simple phrase from the ‘guide’)
and google will offer you immediately ‘the guide’ in the version
.doc

please give us your feedback! thanks, bruno vitale
deuxkamikaze2@yahoo.com

Reply

Leave a Comment