What’s For Dinner? A Look At A Week’s Worth of Food in Different Countries

by Rachel Gertz

This Time article (highlighting photos from a book called Hungry Planet: What The World Eats) gives you a real appreciation for what money can and can’t buy, eating choices among families in 24 different countries and how those habits have changed due to globalization, not to mention how much freaking processed food North Americans chow down. The photographer, Peter Menzel, and writer, Faith D’Aluisio, visit 30 families from all over the world, analyzing, photographing and recording the types, amount, and cost of this food the families eat each week. From the pictures, I’m thinking we could live longest in Italy, Ecuador, or Bhutan. They have fresh fruits and vegetables splayed out like gardens and very few things in packages or boxes, the telltale signs of processed food.

I find it fascinating that many of these families have five to twelve members making up their household. Yet smaller families in the same or different countries seem to have the same amount of food laid out on the table, showing the real gap between those who can afford it and those who can’t. Depressing when you think that we’re reporting record food bank use in Canada alone this year.

Via Muni Boga

Read the article.