Friday, January 18, 2008

Let Me See What You Eat

I just received an interesting email from a colleague. This email contained nine photos of families around the world who were photographed with the food they eat each week and the cost of what they eat each week. Check this out for yourself:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Of course, viewing these nine photos is hardly representative of any general population; nonetheless, the voyer in me is fascinated to wonder what people eat and to consider how our diets are related not only to health outcomes, but also to economic and environmental outcomes.


just ducky said...

Those pictures come from a book called--Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel (I know you got it in an e-mail...I just wanted you to know the original source.) Here is a link to find out more:

Michelle Verges said...

Yeah!! Thanks for letting me know -I wondered where those photos came from but the email did not reveal the source - much appreciated, just ducky!!