I stumbled onto this fantastic infographic showing where many of our foods first originated, and tracked it back to a scholarly article, Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide, published by The Proceedings of the Royal Society B (Biological Sciences).
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The graphic and the article itself are published under a Creative Commons license, meaning it can be shared freely as long as the authors and original source are credited.
This could be used for so many ways in the homeschool — for geography, social studies, biology, math…
- See what part of the world each component of lunch or dinner first came from.
- See which common foods your family eats are not on the map and see if you can find out where they originally came from.
- See which of the foods can now be grown in your area and which ones need a different climate.
- See what part of the world has your favorite foods.
- See what similarities you can find in foods from each region.
- Categorize the foods into groups (fruits, grains, root vegetables, greens, etc.) and see if you can find patterns for the regions.
- Which region has the most foods listed?
- What percentage of the foods on the map are eaten at least once a month at your house?
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