Sunday, June 29, 2008

WHAT WE EAT

With the world food crisis very much in the news it seems appropriate to repost these powerful photos and statistics.

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



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



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The photos are from a book called "Hungry Planet" by Pete Menzel. You can find out more about his photo essays through this article from NPR's Michele Norris. Many thanks to Dande Tavares for sending me this link.

[UPDATE: In going over these photos for the 4th or 5th time, I can't help but notice that the smaller the family size is the larger is the consumption of processed food as well as the per capita amount. In other words, the smaller families are leaving a much larger footprint than the larger ones. Something to think about.]

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