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A News21 food and health reporting project by UC Berkeley School of Journalism

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Superfruits Graphic showing popularity of superfruits in Google searches

INFOGRAPHIC: Googling Superfoods

The changing popularity of superfruits through time.

Just how successful have marketers been at making us care about pomegranate, blueberry and goji? To find out, enter the world of superfruits as seen through Google search popularity. Compare the explosion of açaí, the rise of pomegranate and the waning popularity of noni – and discover some of the key turning points. Continue reading

An infographic that takes you to the sounds of a food desert

INFOGRAPHIC: Soundscape of a Fresno food desert

Click a point on the map to hear an audio portrait and learn more about the neighborhood.

Fresno sits in the middle of the Central Valley, one of the highest-producing agricultural regions in the country, where historical farmhouses, upscale subdivisions, fruit orchards and strip malls coexist within city limits. Yet many people here lack access to healthy food. This interactive graphic takes you through the valley were you can experience first hand the sounds of a food desert. Continue reading

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INFOGRAPHIC: Grandma Had Better Tomatoes

Your fruits and veggies are less nutritious than they used to be.

In 1950, your parent, grandparent, or a perhaps a smaller version of you could eat a handful of string beans — about three and a half ounces — and get about 9 percent of the calcium you needed for the … Continue reading

Graphic by Andrea Jezovit

INFOGRAPHIC: Calories vs. Price

Which would you choose?

Are foods high in calories, sodium and sugar really cheaper than fresh, natural foods? We put 30 common supermarket items on a scatterplot to see how their calories, sodium and sugar per serving match up to their price per serving. Continue reading

An infographic that shows how much the world spends on food.

INFOGRAPHIC: Mapping Global Food Spending

How does America measure up?

Less than 7 percent of the money Americans spend goes to buy food, the lowest of any country that keeps such data. Each number on the map represents a country and the percentage of people’s total expenditures spent on food in that country. . Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Do Americans Get Their Calories?

The changing American diet

In the past 20 years, obesity rates rose dramatically in the U.S. In many states nearly a third of adults are now obese. Where exactly are Americans getting the calories to grow their girths? How many more calories are being consumed than in previous decades? Continue reading