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Photojournalism: What The World Eats

What is your weekly grocery budget? Here is an interesting photojournalism project that may put things into perspective a little bit.

Authors Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio joined families around the world for their dinnertime and grocery shopping routines. What they found was that families spend anywhere from five to five hundred dollars on a week’s worth of food. The diets of each culture are interesting, sometimes amusing, and sometimes a little bit heartbreaking. Take a look through the photos below. Are there any that surprise you?

JapanChad:ChadKuwait:KuwaitMexico:MexicoChina:ChinaPoland:PolandEgypt:EgyptGermany:GermanyEcuador:EcuadorUnited States:United StatesMongolia:MongoliaGreat Britain:Great BritainBhutan:Bhutan



  1. Patrice Phillips May 18, 2013 Reply

    Joann K. Nichols

  2. Akudo-Kyoshia Mcgee-Osuagwu May 19, 2013 Reply

    Wow, they should have done a better Job repping africa, as usually we Africans get looked at in the worst light..lovely.

  3. Diane Chikou Conquest May 21, 2013 Reply

    ? So unrepresentative of an African family…..I was born there too and my family as well as my friends family grocery budget was obviously higher than this family they choose to rep Africa but that being said it does put things in perspective.

  4. Segdoh Hareema Akinak May 30, 2013 Reply

    NGL, I was more disgusted by the US and UK’s food moreso than the African family’s. At least the African family are eating healthy. The US/UK families have nothing but boxed, processed crap…YUCK! No wonder why we Americans are sickly!

  5. DyhemaMcfarlane June 12, 2013 Reply

    Africa is totally misrepresented, the portrayal of africans has not changed over the years. In every country there is some degree of variation in ones socioeconomic status and it seems that Africans of low socioeconomic status are often used to represent the entire continent. THERE ARE FAMILIES LIVING IN THE USA WITH NO RUNNING WATER, ELECTRICITY, HEALTH CARE, AND AT TIMES THESE FAMILIES HAVE LITTLE OR NOTHING TO EAT. Where is the picture of them?????

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