I'd like to share something we've been working on at FoodCoop.NL. Four students
(from VU university in Amsterdam) have looked in the past two months
into "clicking your food-chain". It's about not only buying what's
there, but being able to shape the chain.
Each bite we take comes from a farmer somewhere. Grain is
harvested, transported to a mill, turned into flour, brought to
the bakery, where it’s baked into bread, and finally I go buy and
eat it. A food chain – different steps on the journey from land to
Most often, all these steps are hidden. Who knows the journey from
what’s in the supermarket? And all the effect it’s had on the
world; for the environment, the people who worked on it, the
animals involved, … we’re not only spending money, we’re also
investing and supporting everyone who took part in bringing about
What if we could see these steps in between? And more, what if we
could change something here and there. If you’d care about CO2
production, you could select a bike transporter. When the
environment is important to you, you might select a different
strawberry farmer for that jam, and suggest that to the supplier.
As a group of people, in a foodcoop, we can be more than just
taking what’s there – we can shape the food chain.
Thanks for the idea! And we have already talked to them and would love
to see if we can couple foodsoft to sourcemap.
Any volunteers? ;)
Still, sourcemap will not be enough - because we also want to create and
shape chains, not only show them. But I'd love to use it to show maps
about articles, suppliers and orders, and perhaps also to invite
suppliers to supply more information about their suppliers.
On 17-08-14 08:22, Stephan Schildberg [via foodsoft] wrote:
> Hoi Willem,
> I wonder if you cannot use the sourcemap API --> http://sourcemap.com/ >
> I like your project and look forward to teach my food coop about it in