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 Map Your Meal – learning more about the food you love


Map Your Meal was a three-year international project with a global perspective on food related issues, which ended in December 2017. We worked in Austria, Benin, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ghana, Greece and England.

We aimed to explore the origins of food, see behind the labels of most popular grocery products and encourage more sustainable consumption, support local production and Fair Trade. The project is based on a comprehensive Smart Phone Application and accompanying interactive learning materials that support young people in exploring the origins of our food, their individual components, and their socio-economic and environmental impact.

We held a number of planned events and activities throughout Cumbria including interactive project days, photo exhibition, film screenings and much more.  See what we got up to:

Smart Phone App
The App – is an innovative tool that aims to introduce everyone to global issues by invitingapp research them to learn more about their food. It can be used to inform your shopping choices, as a way of starting a conversation around food,  and an excellent stimulus for workshops and project work.  The App is available for free download from Google Play and AppleStore

Photo Exhibition
With a stunning selections of colourful photos depicting farmers at work, the Map Your Meal photo exhibition took us on a journey around the world from a Fair Trade sugar plantation in Jamaica, across cocoa farms in Ghana, wheat fields of India and Ethiopia, to Madagascar, where hand-pollinated vanilla orchids produce the world’s second most expensive spice. Showing ingredients of one of our favourite treats – we shared smallholder farmers’ stories and their products.

Film Screenings
film screeningsFilm Screenings were on-going through 2017, with film showings at Signal Films in Barrow, and The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.  The screenings focused on the ethics of food, helped us to understand the impact the food we love has on people and planet, and encouraged further discussion.

For youth leaders and community educators – this was a unique opportunity to stretch the concept of citizenship and support your youth work practice with activities and tools that can be easily integrated into your programmes. It made regular work more exciting with links to real life events and situations that take place around the globe every day but are sometimes hard to understand and follow. Bringing in a more global perspective can re-energise your approach with new tools, perspectives and methods, and can contribute to workshops_youth_workersyour professional development and add a new dimension to your practice with young people.  All participants get a Map Your Meal youth work handbook.

For food activists – digging in the soil, growing own tomatoes, cooking for people in need, tending to your permaculture plot?   Let’s meet, share experiences of alternative food systems and see how what you do links with the wellbeing of the planet and people around the world. Bringing in a more global perspective can re-energise your approach with new perspectives and methods, and can contribute to the development of your initiative and add a new dimension to your practice.

Download the Map Your Meal Toolkit