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Map Your Meal - Food Explorers Toolkit

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This Food Explorer’s Guide has been developed within the framework of the EU-funded Map Your Meal project, which, through its various activities and tools, helps young people understand the impact of global food production on people and our planet. This toolkit is for people who are interested in an approach to learning that is driven by young people and who like to explore and build on young people’s existing perceptions about food.

The Explorer’s Guide aims to engage young people, youth workers, trainers, community educators, as well as teachers, and offers interactive ways to explore the origins, journeys and impact of our food. It can be used independently, or as an addition to the Map Your Meal mobile phone application, which explores how green and how fair our food products are.

The Explorer’s Guide is structured into three main sections:


General, introductory activities to introduce participants to the process of thinking about food and the interconnectedness of the global food system.


Main Courses

Activities which allow us to look deeper into issues around food, covering the key themes of Greenness(the impacts our food production and consumption has on the planet) and Fairness (the social impact), as well as the more general concept areas of sustainability, interdependence and ethical consumption.


Ways to take action and engage within the local community and beyond; they aim to encourage learners to become involved themselves.

Resource contents


Environment and Sustainability, Globalisation and Interdependence, Production and Consumption

Age Ranges

KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14, KS4: ages 14-16


Citizenship, Food and Nutrition, Philosophy / P4C / Critical thinking, PSHE / PSE / PSED

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