Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio traveled the world documenting that most basic of human behaviors — what we eat. Their project, “Hungry Planet,” depicts everything that an average family consumes in a given week–and what it costs — laid out in thought-provoking detail. Their results will be exhibited by The Nobel Peace Center to give viewers a peek into kitchens from Norway to Kuwait, and to raise awareness about how environments and cultures influence the cost and calories of the world’s dinners.
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Was this project sponsored by Coca Cola? I'm surprised how often I see their products on the tables...
Oh god it looks like it is for the whole months food but the project has revealed the way the hard truth is the upon food is for about 1 week. Nice project and well done. Thanks for sharing.
Love this concept. It would perhaps have been even more interesting if the photographers went to photograph average people living in more 'middle-class' areas in China instead of Beijing. The most interesting (and shocking) food I've seen are from China.
lol they seems so hungry http://www.buyyoutubviews.com
I must say I'm disappointed in the way that access of food in poor countries is so difficult. Technically there is enough food for all of mankind, if only it would be conserved properly. However, transport is a problem, but I'm sure that we are technologically advanced enough to come up with a functional solution of some sort to this problem.
This article is quite interesting, primarily because you can compare your food habits with people from other countries, and you can see how much money people have to spend on weekly consumer goods. Although I must say that it was quite limited, and could have included more countries in this article. Most importantly, you can see how different some countries are when it comes to household economies, and in my opinion, that really is just sad to see.
@dughall FAB resource for Year 7 Geography: 'You are what you eat'; this should inspire loads of questions. Thank You!
I think this article is very fascinating, but I expected way more variations between all the different countries. I'm not claiming that they all were the same but in the majority of the pictures I discovered the same basic ingredients or look alike packages. Also this article demonstrated just a tiny part of the countries or districts that don't have daily access to enough food.
Let's face it : the two pictures of African families (one from a refugee camp no less) is not even remotely representative of how the majority of the 1 billion people on that continent eat. Unfortunately, this article will only serve to bolster the belief in many people's minds that africans feed themselves exclusively on burlap sacs of grain generously air-dropped by some munificent western nation. Very disappointed in Time Magazine for this one.
My only doubt is.... the family from Luxemborg are going to put the chicken & the dog on the menu???
Couldn't believe it that the Canadian family's favorite foods included narwhals, polar bears.... seriously?!
@csolares2 esta muy suave ese “estudio” o investigación como le quieran llamar :p
I found the article very interesting and informative. Having looked through the lists of different diets I noticed that the families with less money eat healthier food! Nevertheless I felt sorry about the residents of Chan who spend only 1.23$ for a week in comparison with the Norwegians who spend 731.71$. I was really very upset that I couldn't find any traditional diets in such countries as Italy, Mexico and Japan. Unfortunately practically in all the countries fresh vegetables and fruits are replaced with processed and packaged food. Finally, I'd like to add that the families from Canada and Greenland surprised me very much because I couldn't even imagine that somebody had polar bears, narwhal skin or seal stew in their diet lists.
@MaHelgad I saw that! It is interesting, isn't it. Saw it in the paper version of the mag a month or so ago. Tks!
$1400.00 a month on food? I'm shocked as to how wasteful many of these families are. Unless each one has 10 children, even then, I just don't understand.
I'm in shock with the litres of Coca Cola in the diet of Mexican families, that's a huge health problem now.
Am I the only one who's deeply disturbed by the difference?...Did anyone notice the amount of food the family from Chad has? Its just not right...
What I noticed more than anything else is that processed food is inversely proportional to fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods., Even in the more Westernized countries, the less processed foods that are seen, the less money that has been spent on food.
There's a HUGE lesson here for anyone who wants to learn it.
oh god look at the food from chad!!! makes me sad...
In mexican family there's more beer and soda than milk how it is possible?
Looking through the pictures and their lists of 'favorites', the Canadian family in Nunuvut surprised me. Among other things, I don't think polar bear is (or shouldn't be) on anybody's diet, given their increasing scarcity. And given that many processed foods must be flown/shipped in, the dollar figure seems low for a weekly expenditure. In the 1980s, a loaf of bread in Inuvik, on the other side of the territories, cost $5 or more, when the same could be had in major Canadian cities for a buck or less. Is our collective leg being pulled?
Instead of finding ways to isolate unique variations of the same old staples in order to patent them, perhaps GMO research could focus on things that farmers have done for a long time - cross-breeding and creating heartier crops that grow in a wider region so that the world can benefit from Quinoa and other healthier alternatives to corn and soy. Stevia too. :-)
@sawyerr Except there were three pictures of African families and burlap sacks in 6 of the 27 photos.
@HoYuHeng Not representative of the majority at all. They took some folks from Nunavik, which is ne of the most remote places in Canada, with only 7000 people who live there, if you don't count seals, polar bears and narwhals, and where everything you buy is 3 times regular price because it's so remote. It's almost the North Pole! A very questionable decision.
@aniutz jaja suave de cool o suave de sin sustento?
@Polina_Mishchuk Not representative of Canada at all. The vast majority of Canadians, including myself, have never eaten seal, narwhals and polar bear, nor will they ever do, unless they travel there, which is very unlikely. They took some folks from Nunavik, which is one of the most remote places in Canada (you can only get there by plane), with only 7000 people, if you don't count seals, polar bears and narwhals, and where everything you buy is 3 times regular price because it's so remote. It's 2084 km north of the Canadian capital for God's sake. It's almost the North Pole! A very questionable choice.
Well, the "poor chad family" spend 1.23 dollars on food that would cost 80 in most other countries ( = more than me and my family use every week for food)
It would have been interesting to add the average salary to compare to cost of living.
@ChrisGNguyen Welcome. Very fascinating :-)
@LogicSpeaks Some the highest cost were for Norwegian families. As a Norwegian I can tell you there is a simple explanation for this. Food in Norway is grown under very poor conditions. Rocky soil, bad weather, hilly terrain and the worlds highest wages makes our food very expensive.
I'm not from Mexico, but I don't like milk - it makes me queasy. So there is definitely way too much soda in my household. Recently, I've begun trying to incorporate more juice and water but I must say soda is very addictive.
I was also depressed by the food shown for the people in Chad. :(
@НачоДаниилЗанавесWe are fat, very, very fat. Also we have adopted many types of food to our diet without trying to create some balance and we just screwed it up. We have very limited culinary culture.
How is this possible? Lack of good eating habits, poverty, among other things make it possible.
I might sound cynical, but I am also overweight and having difficulties changing my lifestyle.
@southerncanadian ,it is possible to make your own bread, people have been doing it for centuries...
@southerncanadian Remember that this is one family, and one family is NOT necessarily representative of a whole country. A family that is all or largely comprised of traditional peoples is likely to eat traditional foods as much as is possible. The Inuit are/were hunter-gatherers, so seal and polar bear were and are on such menus.
As for their weekly expenditure being so low, it's possible that they belong to a food coop that would. by definition, have lower prices in exchange for work to help the coop.
It's also possible that, for the week involved, they didn't have to purchase a lot of food because they had food on hand. This may not be representative of their usual expenditure, or their usual consumption. After all, I didn't see much in the way of unprocessed meat.
@csolares2 de cool :p
@НачоДаниилЗанавес And before my fellow mexicans get upset I know we have GREAT traditional food, a very rich and very old culinary culture, that we seem to ignore more and more often, forgetting it for a more "fast food oriented"diet.
Most of the people ignore what we should be eating and what's healthier at least in a practical manner. That's what I meant with "limited culinary culture"
@ChrisGNguyen it took some time, yes.....