How much spending goes on food?

There’s an interactive map at Civil Eats, which is great as far as it goes. But does it go far enough? Almost all of Africa is a vast gray expanse of “no data”. Where’s the companion map that shows what percent of a person’s diet they grow themselves?

There’s also an interesting statement in the comments: “Life expectancy is higher in some nations that spend above 10% on foods.” Mash-up artists, Gapminder mavens, what are you waiting for?

2 Replies to “How much spending goes on food?”

  1. Yes, far more thoughtfulness shown in the comments at the Civil Eats webpage than in the simplistic way the map has been put together, particularly regarding the subsidy component in USA / EU agriculture and the externalised costs- irrigation water, groundwater pollution non-renewable energy use and so forth.

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