The horsemeat scandal and other food geographies
The recent revelation about horsemeat unknowingly making its way onto British plates has raised questions about where our food comes from and how exactly it reaches us. Indeed, many consumers have sought to develop a greater knowledge of their food, turning to local butchers that can trace their produce from ‘field to fork’
The worldwide supply of food has a complex geography and provides ample opportunities to examine the networks and flows of globalisation.
AQA – A2 level, unit 3 (Development and Globalisation) Provides case studies of TNCs and their spatial organisation
Edexcel – AS level, unit 1 (Going Global) Can be used to support teaching of ‘global networks’ and ‘global challenges for the future’
OCR – A2 level, unit F763 (Globalisation/Economic Issues) Allows for the study of global trade patterns and the impacts of these for LEDCs and MEDCs alike. Could also be used to teach the supply of resources.
WJEC – A2 level, unit G3 (Globalisation) Illustrates the processes globalisation, taking into account economic, environmental and political concepts.
In the Members' Area:
- The 2013 horsemeat scandal and production networks
- Follow the Things and commodity chains
- Drought in the USA and rising food prices