Wednesday, August 01, 2007
A Hungry Planet
A few of these photos have been making the e-mail rounds lately and I think it really puts things into perspective, at least in the world of food.
In an effort to better understand the human diet, photojournalists Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio traveled the globe to explore what culturally diverse families eat for a week. "Hungry Planet: What the World Eats" is a chronicle of their visits to 30 families in 24 countries. Their portraits feature each family with a typical week's worth of food purchases, from potatoes, sacks of grain and bananas to cereals, soda, pizza, beer and cigarettes. The book includes detailed listings of the goods, family recipes and details about the country's eating habits.
The comparisons range from a mother of five children living on $1.23 a week at a refugee camp in Chad to a German family of four spending nearly $500 a week on food and beverages. A family of four in North Carolina spent almost $342 a week on food while a California family featured in the book plunked down about $160.
Also interesting (to me, anyway) was the pervasiveness of fast food and soft drinks around the world. Unfortunately, I'm having a hard time linking to the photos. But if you get a chance, please search for them on the Internet and tell me what you think.