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What The World Eats

U.S.A. : The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week: 242 €
Favorite foods: spaghetti, french fries, sesame chicken

Come see What The World Eats. A few years ago photographer Peter Menzel and his wife Faith D'Aluisio started to photograph what family's around the globe eat and wrote down what their weekly expenditure is. In 2005 they published an award winning book called Hungry Planet: What The World Eats.

This project turned out to be so educational that he's currently still giving lectures at universities about this very subject. A current exhibition is held until May 9, 2010 is hosted by the Bell Museum of Natural History at the University of Minnesota.

As you look at the photographs and see what they spend per week, you can draw a lot of different conclusions about their dietm their surroundings, their personal/economic circumstance and how globalization has influenced what people eat.

A quote from his website about his book:
Today we are witnessing the greatest change in global diets since the invention of agriculture. Globalization, mass tourism, and giant agribusiness have filled American supermarket shelves with extraordinary new foods and McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Kraft Cheese Singles are being exported to every corner of the planet.

Eugene's interesting "Hot Topic" about child obesity reminded me of all this, inspiring me to do this post.

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Family recipe: Okra and mutton

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Favorite foods: fish, pasta with ragu, hot dogs, frozen fish sticks

Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25
Favorite foods: sashimi, fruit, cake, potato chips

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Family recipe: Potato soup with cabbage

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23
Favorite foods: soup with fresh sheep meat (This favorite is only prepared to mark a special occasion, like the end of Ramadan.)

Great Britain: The Bainton family of Cllingbourne Ducis
Food expenditure for one week: 155.54 British Pounds or $253.15
Favorite foods: avocado, mayonnaise sandwich, prawn cocktail, chocolate fudge cake with cream

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Favorite foods: pizza, crab, pasta, chicken

United States: The Caven family of California
Food expenditure for one week: $159.18
Favorite foods: beef stew, berry yogurt sundae, clam chowder, ice cream

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Family recipe: Mushroom, cheese and pork
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  • That English one is so out of date, that family is clearly middle class so they'd only eat organic vegetables and brown rice, that sort of stuff. They have 80s hair cuts, clothes, interior design and camera techniques, and no one eats prawn cocktail, avacado or chocolate fudge cake anymore.
  • I MUST move to Italy. Or Iran, you should take a photo of an Iranian Family and see how much they soend/ how much they eat each week. My fiance is Iranian and persian food is by far, the best, besides Italian.
  • I want to move in with the Revis Family of North Carolina! But if I were smart I would live with the Ukita Family of Kodaira City, Japan. This was very interesting! Thanks!
  • fascinating! love it
  • How come Mexicans eat what seems more natural food than Americans or British and still we just got the first place in Obesity... So sad.

    Great idea, great post.
  • God America and England look terrible. So glad I'm planting a garden this spring.
  • Totally eye-opening. Great post!
  • Love it! Great post, especially love how the family from Ecuador who lives on $31.55 per week seems the most happiest.
  • I thought this was so powerful when I saw it. I'm happy to see that his message is still being spread. Thanks for posting!
  • Wow, these images are really telling. There is so much that these images say about the people and habits of their cultures that I hardly know where to even begin.
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