by the stormy present
Tue Jun 12th, 2007 at 06:49:08 AM EST
Hungry Planet: What the World Eats.
The most fascinating photo essay I've seen in a long time. I wish I'd thought of doing it.
All the photos are from a book, which I haven't read or even seen, but has rocketed to the top of my shortlist-to-buy: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio.
So many things to examine -- fresh foods v processed, amount, type, cost... family structure.... Fascinating.
The Ukita family in Japan eats lots of fish, many little packets of things. There are two packets of tofu, some vegetables, and... is that pancake mix?
The Manzo family of Sicily eats lots of bread, lots of fresh veggies. So does the Ahmed family of Cairo, only they manage to feed three times as many people for about a quarter of the cost.
But the Ahmeds have nothing on the Namgay family of Shingkhey Village, wherever that is, who feed 13 people on the equivalent of $5.03 a week.
Notice the two Asian maids in the back corner of the Kuwait city family photo?
This North Carolina family appears to eat no fresh vegetables at all. There's some fruit, but no veggies. (Yes, tomatoes are a fruit, you wanna fight about it?) Every other item on the countertop and table is either outright fast-food or otherwise processed and packaged.
No packages at all in Tingo, which is in... Peru? I'm guessing.
This family in Cuernavaca eats lots of fruit, but... how many bottles of soda is that?
And for some sobering perspective on how much we all really have, let's consider the Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp.
What are you eating this week?