Saturday, July 16, 2011

Great article: "How Food Explains the World"

This is a fascinating article. Wendy Wagner directed me to it - thanks so much, Wendy! There's a ton of inspiration here for worldbuilding folk.

For example:
  • Did you know that China has more than 446 million pigs, and keeps a pork reserve to steady the economy in case the supply falls?
  • Did you know that demand for chocolate is countercyclical, and goes up when the economy goes down?
  • Did you know that Lebanon and Israel regularly compete against one another for the world record of the largest batch of hummus?
There's tons of great stuff like this in the article. Go check it out!


  1. I get the one on demand for chocolate. Economy goes down. People get depressed and turn to comfort food.

    The Lebanon and Israel story is compelling.

  2. Rich, I'm glad you found it interesting. Thanks for the comment!