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Visualising Foodscapes

 

In this project we are creating infographics to map the existing foodscape in Luxembourg and the transition processes towards a more sustainable food system. The infographics are visual depictions based on empirical research that focus on the four interdependent spheres of the food system: governance, production, diffusion and consumption. This work also draws on information visualisation theories and previous efforts to define, conceptualize and map food systems in scientific literature. The IGs can be used to demonstrate interrelationships, pressure points, gaps and opportunities, and pathways for potential optimization of different leverage points within the system.

Four infographics:

Infographic 1 “A synopsis of Luxembourg’s food system”, first published in July 2020 (find it here) depicts a synopsis of the broader food system actions and the actor groups in Luxembourg’s food system; its high level of abstraction makes it suitable for transposition and adaptation to international contexts.

Of the forthcoming infographics, the interactive Infographic 2 will depict the actors in more detail within these groups and describe their specific activities, in order to show the diversity of their practices within the food system. This will be the most specific and the most comprehensive infographic on Luxembourg – also intended to give food system actors a vision of other companies, groups and institutions in Luxembourg’s foodscape.

More analytically, then, Infographic 3 will represent the relations between actor groups, drivers, gaps, lock-ins, pressure points, as well as externalities of the food system.

Finally, based on the analysis of the scope of their power, their relationships and structural barriers, Infographic 4 will reveal leverage-effects, governance requirements and pathways for an optimally sustainable food system in Luxembourg. This will, again, be a more conceptual representation, that lends itself to discussion and adaptation to other contexts.

Project aims:

By visualising the Luxembourgish foodscape, we increase and improve our capacity to grasp and work with complexity. Our food system infographic aims to map Luxembourg’s food cycle(s), but also ambient and shaping power relations, barriers and opportunities; knowledge, food literary and conflicting discourses are equally part of this complexity.

The visual output and embedded analysis of the Luxembourgish food system contributes to influence and stimulate discussion and further research; inform politics, economics and ecology of society; forge relationships between actors; act as a reading lens for policy-makers, academics and other professionals; and be used in educational efforts.

The overall aim is to strengthen sustainable perceptions and practices in the foodscape by a socio-cultural analysis of the respective reasons, challenges and negotiations of the involved actors.

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