"the hungry planet"

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I recently came across this book called Hungry Planet. It's interesting because at first I thought it was an organic cookbook, but it turns out to be a book by photographer Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio, studying what families from around the world eat.

Each family from different regions present their weekly food supply(groceries) - and it's pretty interesting to compare to what we eat from our own culture/region, as compared to others.

I made a currency conversion that shows you in Malaysian Ringgit, just how much the price for food per week in each respective country. For my family of five, we spend about RM400-500 per week on groceries.

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village

Expenditure on food for one week: 224.93 ngultrum / RM15.37

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide

Expenditure on food for one week: 375.39 Euros / RM1,527.23

Japan: Ukita family of Kodaira City

Expenditure on food for one week: 37,699 Yen / RM969.24

Italy: Manzo family of Sicily

Expenditure on food for one week: 214.36 Euros / RM794.68

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina

Expenditure on food for one week: $341.98  / RM1,044.55

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca

Expenditure on food for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican pesos / RM577.62

China: The Dong family of Beijing

Expenditure on food for one week: 1 233.76 yuan / RM473.68

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna

Expenditure on food for one week: 582.48 zlotys / RM462.10

The differences are quite amazing. I noticed the Germans & Americans spend a lot on processed, packaged food, and pizzas. Also, notice how soda bottles are always present in a lot of the western countries? That's a HUGE amount of sugar. The Bhutan family seems to have the healthiest picks out of the lot. It's crazy how that much amount of money goes into food.

For a lot more photos of families from other countries, you can check them out here.

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