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Hungry Planet: What the World Eats

Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluision traveled the world exploring how the eating habits differ from country to country and presented their results in a photo album, called Hungry Planet: What the World Eats. The wife and husband’s team visited 24 different countries and 30 families to photograph them at home, at the market, and surrounded by their weekly food supplies.

Apart from being interesting and educative, the project brings up some social issues. The exposed weekly grocery list provides information not only about dietary habits, but also about health, economy, lifestyle, etc. It also clearly shows the division between the first world and the developing countries. Interestingly, less affluent families eat more nutritious food than those who could actually afford it. On the contrary, more economically stable families eat more processed food, while fresh products constitute just a small part of their diet.

Come to think of it, how much does your family spend on food per week and what kind of food do you eat?

Website: Peter Menzel, Book: What the World Eats

Mexico, Cuernavaca

The Casales family spends around $189 per week.

Ecuador, Tingo

The Ayme family spends around $32 per week.

United States, Texas

The Fernandezes family spends around $242 per week.

Guatemala, Todos Santos

The Mendozas family spends around $76 per week.

United States, North Carolina

The Revis family spends around $342 per week.

Canada, Iqaluit

The Melanson family spends around $392 per week.

Italy, Palermo

The Manzo family spends around $295 per week.

Cuba, Havana

The Costa family spends around $64 per week.

China, Weitaiwu

The Cui family spends around $65 per week.

Kuwait, Kuwait City

The Al-Haggan family spends around $252 per week.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

The Dudo family spends around $90 per week.

Egypt, Cairo

The Ahmed family spends around $78 per week.

Australia, Riverview

The Brown family spends around $428 per week.

Germany, Bargteheide

The Melander family spends around $568 per week.

Mali, Kouakourou

The Natomo family spends around $30 per week.

Canada, Gatineau

The Finken family spends around $158 per week.

India, Ujjain

The Patkar family spends around $45 per week.

Japan, Kodaira City

The Ukita family spends around $361 per week.

For more images and information check out the Hungry Planet book.

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  • Morgana Benedetti via Facebook

    indeed – the first time I saw this I thought the same!

  • Eray Türkmen via Facebook

    they are eating only the nutritious food because there isn’t any other kind of food within their reach.

  • Linda Oliver via Facebook

    Snap. I am on the Cuban diet aka the Hardship Diet imposed by US embargoes. I adopted it in solidarity with the Cubans but also became it is one of the healthiest diets on the planet.

  • Sumyang Hang L via Facebook

    and organic

  • Alicia Gonzalez Legorreta via Facebook

    No processed foods in poor countries…

  • Jaime Obando via Facebook

    Evie, Millie, Angelita

  • Isabel C Bermudez via Facebook

    Wow Germany only beer

  • Lanie

    Everybody loves bananas

  • Micha Williams via Facebook

    poor countries eat nutritious food because they are forced to grow it in their back gardens and cook it in their kitchens, they can’t afford going to restaurants. As a result, they always know what they eat!

  • Cheryl Holdcroft via Facebook

    Two cartons of cigarettes displayed prominently in the Australian pic. Shameful.

  • Mike Aftanake via Facebook

    interesting; they could do without all the international packaged brands, cereals too, but especially the juices; and pay attention that it is not all about what one eats, but also about what the food contains – if the vegetables contain preservation substances and the meat hormones… then they look nice and colored, yet they are not so “natural”; as for the general impression, I agree with the other comments, and the price is also interesting to compare

  • Zuk

    WOW! What affected me the most while looking at those pictures is not the differences in the food, it is the difference in the faces. Did u notice that the people from the poorer countries look much happier and more excited about the food than the western people?

  • Françoise H. Evans via Facebook

    You are therefore much richer in health, which is the ultimate wealth!

  • Tzvetelina Grozdanova via Facebook

    Of course! This is not news at all!!!

  • Meh

    That’s what she said.

  • Donna M. from Mukilteo

    The photography as well as the food set up is incredible. The colours are vibrant and spectacular. The glimpse into these family’s private lives is priceless. Thank you.

  • Laura Ull

    GERMANY :D xD Omg.

  • Liset Vossen

    Until these pics (especially the italian one) I hadn’t realised how little bread is eaten…always figured that would be a lot more..

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