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Visualizing What The World Eats

February 9, 2011

The The Melander family of Germany with a weekly food expenditure of 375.39 Euros or $500.07

This is an excellent photo essay by Time that really helps give an idea of what the world eats, how much, and where. I think it’s a hard task to sit down and think about what it means when we say this country eats this much on average every week or to think about the differences between, say, a Kuwaiti family spending $221.45 a week on food and a family in a refugee camp in Chad with a weekly budget of $1.23 for their food. Hearing those words is one thing, and honestly it’s easy for those numbers to go in one ear and out the other, but what Peter Menzel does with his photographs, in this essay and his book “Hungry Planet”, is force us to see what those numbers looks like, and all the nutritional, cultural, and economical implications that they have. And that is an image that is hard to get out of our heads.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve Brown permalink
    February 9, 2011 1:38 pm

    Americans eat way too much. Most of it goes to the sewage treatment plant.
    I couldn’t eat that much in two months.

  2. February 9, 2011 3:44 pm

    Eating a bowl of pasta while scrolling through those pictures is kinda surreal. I wonder how much my weekly budget is? Probably tops the Melander family in ice cram alone…also, I like that one family’s favorite food was pig’s feet with carrots, celery and parsnips. Sounds dank!


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