Sunday, April 26, 2009

How The World Eats

Time Magazine ran this article a couple years ago about the way people eat around the world. These photographs were taken by Peter Menzel for the book "Hungry Planet." In each picture you get to see the weekly food intake for an average family of the country they represent.

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week $341.98

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

I think it would have been interesting to throw in a raw foodist family like the Boutenkos. The American family's diet makes me sad as does the family from Chad. Heartbreaking. My favorite is the family from Ecuador. They don't have much but I love the smiles on their faces. Thoughts?


Aly said...

This is really interesting. I'm on a budget and I still manage to eat healthy. Granted, there's just me. I imagine it's much more difficult when you're supporting an entire family. I agree about the Chad and Ecuador families.

I have a question for you :) I've been vegan for a while but have been looking into eating raw lately. Do you have any cookbook suggestions? Easy is best. Thanks!

Judita said...

Yes, you're right, of course you can eat well on a budget. I'm writing a book about it! What I meant is that when Americans walk into their local grocery store they see that produce, especially organic produce,is much more expensive than giant, non perishible bags of Dorito's and cookies. Fast food is much cheaper and easier than putting together a meal for an entire family as well. You can get 2 large Domino's pizza for $10. I wouldn't touch the stuff but when I was growing up in a one income family on a shoestring budget we did that all the time. If we knew then what I know now about nutrition and eating healthy we would have picked other options but it was all we knew.
My favorite easy raw food book is Jennifer Cornbleet's "Raw Food Made Easy" which you can find on Amazon. No dehydrator needed.
Thanks for your comment!

Aly said...

Yeah, I'm the daughter of a single mother and I grew up on ramen, hamburger helper, and pizza! Yiiikes!!

Thanks, I'll check it out :)

Kate Quinn said...

I love this story, and have looked at it a few times myself. The Ecuador family really projects happiness to me, and I really admire the variety of their food! Such a fabulous range of fresh produce and whole grains unlike a lot of the others who have a large range of packaged products!

Purchase Viagra said...

Wow that's amazing, well that's too bad but I guess that I have better luck than them, it's really sad but the world it's like that.


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