Food Twin Earth Genome
Recent global events have spotlighted vulnerabilities in food system models and their effects on food security. In response, The Plotline, affiliated with Earth Genome, collaborated with Development Seed to develop a digital twin of the US food system. By overlaying US highway data onto the system, users can pinpoint possible chokepoints in food distribution. Simultaneously, the tool represents the real-world threats of climate stresses on crop yields, like heat stress or drought, visually informing users of the regions most at risk. The integration of deck.gl provides a vivid rendering of particle layers, representing calorie flows, while Mapbox GL brings static layers to life. When toggling the roads mode, the particles will follow the US highways network (a simplified version), giving a great visual sense of potential bottlenecks, places isolated from the central system, etc. Switching this off emphasises absolute calorie flow numbers and crop groups relative to each other. When roads are turned off, particles follow generative paths that are drawn like waves.