We have developed the 'Map Your Meal Explorers' Guide' as a toolkit filled with activities exploring the global food system through food items that we are all familiar with. The Explorer’s Guide aims to engage young people, youth workers, trainers, community educators, as well as teachers and offer interactive ways to explore the origins, journeys and impact of our food. It can be used independently, or as an addition to the Map Your Meal mobile phone application, which explores how green and how fair our food products are. Both the mobile phone application and the toolkit examine a list of key issues with regards to Greenness and Fairness, under which we explore respectively the environmental and social impact of our food products.
The Explorer’s Guide is structured into three main sections – the Appetizers, the Main Courses and the Desserts. The Appetizers offer general, introductory activities to get participants into the thinking process about food and about how interconnected the food system is. The Main Courses offer five thematic chapters with a variety of activities and methodologies, all used to explore different global issues through the lens of a particular meal. Each thematic chapter begins with an introductory page for the trainer and references for further information and readings on the issue. The activities cover the key issues of the Greenness and Fairness themes, as well as the more general concept areas of sustainability, interdependence and ethical consumption. The Desserts offer ways to take action and engage within the local community and beyond – they aim to encourage learners to become involved themselves.
If you are interested to explore your food with us, download the Map Your Meal Explorer's Guide here: