This map shows where in the world all your food comes from

A map published by the Center for Tropical Agriculture shows where the world’s food originates from, including which products are grown close to home.

The map is based off a global study looking at the origin, production and export of major produce type across the world – confirming what the researchers had long held as fact: that the world’s food system is completely global.

Over the decades, as globalisation and trade opened up, foods grown in disparate parts of the world have become part of the dietary customs in very different countries, the researchers said.

“For each country, we could work out which crops contributed to calories, protein, fats and total weight of food — and whether they originated in that country’s region or were foreign,” the group said.

Globally, foreign crops made up 69% of country food supplies and farm production, the researchers said.

In Southern Africa (including Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), the main food produced include:

  • Bambara beans
  • Cotton seed oil
  • Cowpeas
  • Melons
  • Millets
  • Peppermint
  • Sorghum and
  • Watermelon

Notably, South Africa is the world’s largest producer of Macadamia nuts, having taken the crown from Australia in 2013. According to outputs in the 2015 season, the country produced 48,000 tonnes of nuts (out of the 160,000 global total).

The researchers noted that different areas are often producers of the same crops.

This map shows where your food comes from. A higher resolution (printable) version is available here, and an interactive version is available here.

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This map shows where in the world all your food comes from