This data visualization is my third entry to the May 2023 Visual Capitalist Creator Challenge. The contest centered on the topic of international trade and supplied two online datasets. Beyond those constraints, we were free to tell any story we could find from the vast amount of data on countries, commodities and natural resources.
Where Does the U.S. Import its Food From?
For my third entry in the Visual Capitalist Creator Program Challenge, I focus on a single country, the United States. If you live in the U.S. (like me), are you curious where your food comes from? While the U.S. grows and exports many natural commodities, it also imports a surprisingly large amount of edible goods. In a mouth-watering way, I wanted to show which countries these everyday products exported to the U.S. are most likely to originate from. The data at resourcetrade.earth focuses on natural resources and a large portion of these goods are products from the grocery store shelves, items we probably have in our homes right now. The next time you are shopping at your favorite market, see if the product stickers match this data. At a recent trip to Costco, I found they did. I always learn so much while designing a dataviz. This time for example, I learned what “pulses” are... a pulse is a chickpea, lentil or pea. Some of my favorite foods, it turns out. Bon Appetit!
UPDATE: This graphic won 2nd place! It was published on Visual Capitalist August 9. I am now a Creator Program Ambassador.