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. [Read more...]

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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