"If an urban population demands the freshest vegetables, they should be produced within a 24-hour field-to-table delivery zone. What, therefore, should be the highest and best use of agricultural land between Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei and Kaoshiung, only 200 miles apart? The Lord of the Rings, a.k.a., Johan Heinrich Von Thünen, has the answer." 
Via Seth Dixon
“U.S. News & World ReportFood companies fear even one state GMO label lawCBS NewsIt's not the first time there's been a public push to require food companies to label products if they contain genetically modified ingredients.”
Via Bill Palladino - MLUI
“ Dozens of devotees get run over by herds of cattle in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh, as a part of a traditional ritual to get their wishes fulfilled. The ritual is observed on a day after Diwali, the Hindu festival of light.”
Via Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
“ Geography can be difficult to teach - sometimes it can seem like it's mostly just facts and places. Regions. Types of mining in different places. Weather patterns. Vegetation. Lots of, well . . . b...”
Via dilaycock, FCHSAPGEO, Steve Perkins
Every year, about 10 million Americans move from one county to another. Migration rates vary by age, race, and ethnicity and with local and national social and economic conditions over time. Still, individual counties' patterns of age-specific migration tend to be consistent over time telling demographic stories about local places. This website highlights these stories by providing reliable estimates of net migration broken down by age, race, Hispanic-origin, and sex for all U.S. counties each decade from 1950 to 2010.
Via Mathijs Booden
"The popularity of Quinoa has grown exponentially among the health-conscious food consumers in the developed economies of the world. Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is rich in protein and is a better grain for those seeking to lose weight. Quinoa has historically be rather limited but this diffusion is restructuring the geographic patterns of many places."
Via Seth Dixon, Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks
"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy. As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.” This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."
Via Seth Dixon
“ New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a research project with the city's Department of Sanitation.”
Via Mr. David Burton
"What language is spoken in Croatia? Croatian is now the 24th official language of the European Union, but there are disagreements about whether it’s a distinct language or just a slightly different dialect of Serbian. Serbian nationalists believe that everyone shares the same language, “Serbian”. But many Croats persist in making their national language as distinct from Serbian as possible. Listeners will discover how politics is intruding on language, and how it is changing the map of linguistic patterns in unexpected ways."Tags: language, Croatia, political, podcast, Maps 101.
Via Seth Dixon
“ Many of these incredible houses of worship defy typical expectations about what a mosque looks like. Nontraditional minarets and experimental domes add variety, and showcase the massive potential for creativity that exists within mosque design.”
Via Ms Webster
Greg Hill's insight:
Sacred Spaces speak volumes in terms of local cultural landscapes
In order to assess the global impacts of land use on the environment and help provide appropriate countermeasures, a group of researchers under the leadership of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) has created a new world map of land use systems. Based on various indicators of land-use intensity, climate, environmental and socio-economic conditions, they identified twelve global patterns called land system archetypes.
Via Mathijs Booden
UNHCR has been attempting to count the world's refugees since it was created. If you want to find out which years resulted in the worst displacement, which were the biggest countries of origin and which were the biggest countries of asylum, use the interactive map.
Via Seth Dixon, FCHSAPGEO, Steve Perkins
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