This map of Maryland's food system just got a whole lot better - Baltimore


Apr. 21, 2017 12:53 pm

This map of Maryland’s food system just got a whole lot better

The redesign of the Maryland Food System Map makes it faster and mobile-friendly. The big-picture goal? Influencing policy with sound data.

The Maryland Food System Map seeks to influence policy and help researchers.


A map that shows everything from where to find a farmer’s market to water quality data just got a big upgrade.

The Maryland Food System Map launched a new version earlier this month. It’s the first big overhaul since the app launched in 2012. The map is a product of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. Mapping firm Blue Raster was behind the redesign.

According to GovTech, the new version is faster, mobile-friendly and more responsive. It also added lots more data, with 175 indicators now available for your perusal. Users can also build their own maps, with shareable URLs. The search functions were also upgraded, and it connects to CLF’s open data platform.

The idea behind the map is that bringing together disparate data points about the food system like agricultural production, food retail locations and food pantries can show connections between health, access to food and equity. CLF has sought to highlight key points around access and inequity, including the stat that 25 percent of Baltimore residents live in a food desert.

CLF wants the map to be used to “create policies and programs grounded in data,” Program Officer Caitlin Fisher told GovTech. Here’s to that.


Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the lead reporter for Baltimore. A graduate of Northeastern University, he moved to Baltimore following a stint in New Orleans, where he served as managing editor of online news and culture publication NOLA Defender. While there, he also wrote for Times-Picayune. He was previously a reporter for the Rio Grande Sun of Northern New Mexico.


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