What The World Eats

Time magazine’s is doing a 16 photo photo essay featuring various families around the world and what what they eat over the period of a week. This photo essay is based on Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio’s book titled Hungry Planet: What the world eats, which is a 288 page full-color photograph illustration book. I haven’t read the book yet, but from the Time magazine website, the pictures are really beautiful… but more than that, I am interested in seeing what the various families eat and how much they spend on the food. So this weekend, I intend to check-out a couple of book stores for the book.

Looking at the pictures, there were a few of things that struck me about the African family;

  • First was the quantity and type of food that the family from Africa eat. Their food was very basic, rice, beans and a couple of vegetable type items… very very minimal, very very basic.
  • Their weekly food cost? $1.23, which by their standards is probably not very cheap.
  • I didn’t see the father. The photo essay does not mention where the father was, and maybe the book may have mentioned the reason why they were in the refugee camp.

What is interesting is that the family that spent the most on food was a family from Germany who spent a whopping $500.07 for a family of four, the Melander family of Bargteheide.

Originally found on boingboing.net

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