Magazine article Geographical

Mission: Explore Food

Magazine article Geographical

Mission: Explore Food

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by The Geography Collective with City Farmers Can of Worms Kids

Press, hb, 20 [pounds sterling]


This is the latest offering by the self-proclaimed guerrilla geographers--a collective of activists, teachers, therapists, academics and artists who want to inspire young people to be more curious about the world around them. Unlike previous books from the group, this isn't a pocket guide. In fact, at 270 pages, Mission: Explore Food is less of a field guide and more of an atlas.

In some ways, this works; in others, it doesn't. On the plus side, the book takes a holistic view of the human food cycle, from the sprouting of the seed to the flushing of the toilet. It mercifully ditches the kind of food and organic 'porn'-style photography that is often used in similar books in favour of quirky illustrations by Tom Morgan-Jones

Each chapter is divided into 'missions' and challenges--159 in all, covering a spectrum, from growing your own food, nose-to-tail eating and making ginger beer and soft cheese to making a food map of your neighbourhood, building a compost heap and using up leftovers. …

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