Whether influenced by strained foreign relations, growing economies, institutionalized religion, or shifting environmental conditions, the food we consume depends on where we live. What the World Eats, created for National Geographic’s Future of Food series, compares national diets and consumption patterns across a variety of countries over the last 50 years.

The project breaks down the food items that fuel daily diets in each country, and also shares a detailed view of national and per person meat intakes. By toggling between daily diet breakdowns and daily meat consumption, users can compare how countries consume varying quantities and calories of different foodstuffs over time, in addition to exploring the greater structural circumstances that influence the way people eat around the world.


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Founded in 2010 by Ben Fry, Fathom Information Design works with clients to understand complex data through interactive tools and software for mobile devices, the web, and large format installations. Out of its studio in Boston, Fathom partners with Fortune 500s and non-profit organizations across sectors, including health care, education, financial services, media, technology, and consumer products.

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