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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?

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

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DyhemaMcfarlane
DyhemaMcfarlane

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????? 

 

Segdoh Hareema Akinak
Segdoh Hareema Akinak

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!

Diane Chikou Conquest
Diane Chikou Conquest

? 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.

Akudo-Kyoshia Mcgee-Osuagwu
Akudo-Kyoshia Mcgee-Osuagwu

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

Lavern Murphy
Lavern Murphy

Interesting even though it may be a bit inaccurate.

Oliville Oby
Oliville Oby

For me I think I like eating from the family with more vegetables (last from the left) then go home to relax with the family with more legumes (first up) feel the hot sun and care nothing of cancer. Once in a while go to the US family and grab a soda. Relax everyone read all comments before you let out things from your mind, one side of the story is not always good.

Richards Angela
Richards Angela

They should have selected an African family in a similar socio economic level as the other families.

Edel Kinuthia
Edel Kinuthia

Sophia, I agree with the logic and intention 100 hundred per cent but what irks me is the perpetual media representation of Africa! If it bleeds it leads. ..nothing positive or newsworthy other than wildlife comes from Africa. This representation is what has to stop at whatever level. I can guarantee you five or more ways to represent the same concept from the same continent or any developing nation and they would be brilliant. We are not ignorant of our problems but neither are we blind to our progress.

Sophia Harewood
Sophia Harewood

@ edel kinuthia I don't believe the purpose of the pic is to show they do not but to say stop and be grateful for what u have because there is some 1 out there with less that would b happy with what you have.

Julia Olivia
Julia Olivia

Hold on..Edel is right. The picture was taken at a Refugee Camp! Hmmm....

Julia Olivia
Julia Olivia

I admit it does seem biased against Africans

Edel Kinuthia
Edel Kinuthia

This is so ridiculously unrepresentative of an African family...the photo is clearly taken in a refugee camp! Goodness me, Africans live in beautiful houses too and even have bigger spending budgets! Ridiculous!

Andrea Fray
Andrea Fray

Look at all the boxes in the US picture.

Sophia Bamby
Sophia Bamby

I presented those photos to my class this semester. They were amazed.

Katherine Kariuki
Katherine Kariuki

while i find it biased to represent Africa with the poorest family out there, i still agree that most families in africa eat simple healthy foods which include cereals, fresh vegetables and fresh meat. They rarely eat processed stuff and most of their food is grown without chemicals. I still love Africa with all its problems...

Kristen Alyce
Kristen Alyce

The irony here is that though they have the least, the African family looks the healthiest.

Esi Tawiah
Esi Tawiah

.....interesting how there is no father figure in the sub saharan african family setting....

Gloria Wada
Gloria Wada

Interesting how all the Sub-Saharan Africans are photographed outside.

Nicole MrsOwen Johnson
Nicole MrsOwen Johnson

Bigger isn't always better anyway, all that nutrient poor/ nutrient blocking processed food isn't worth it's weight in those beans on the plate of the African family.

Nancy Little
Nancy Little

Look at the American family - everything in containers

Ambra Butler
Ambra Butler

This was very interesting. I didn't see it as biased against Africa. The article only listed a small place in Africa (Chad). I didn't think of it as representing the whole continent, tho. Just my opinion. The thing that stuck out most to me was how much processed foods America and Great Britain eat compared to everyone else. The other diets look way healthier. Lol

Stacy Padmore
Stacy Padmore

I wonder what it is like for people living in poverty in America.

Sabra Farquharson
Sabra Farquharson

The soda consumption in Mexico is cray! But I agree with many others, that Africa is quite misrepresented. It begs the question, are the other countries in this photo-journal also misrepresented? However, one of the first things I thought when I saw the African family was, God they're gorgeous!

Suzanne Roberts
Suzanne Roberts

dont shoot the messenger, she did not create it and sharing it is just that sharing you either like or don't like - let go move on and don't take it personally, blessed

Mireille Emenike
Mireille Emenike

This was very interesting my husband and I were looking at this a few weeks ago. You can actually go on their website to see more countries.

Michelle Lochard St-Urbain
Michelle Lochard St-Urbain

Have you notice all the Packagings. Africans have the basic like Rice, beans, and lots of fruits. I am sure they have less Cancer than us in Amerca & Europe.

Jessica Mayouya
Jessica Mayouya

I think this is completely (pardon my french), BS. Why does everybody have food but not the African? I agree with the previous comment totally biased.

Pfungwa Mapfumo
Pfungwa Mapfumo

Biased for sure....!! they will never show how poor people can be in Europe and America as well.... Proud to be African

Alice Maelle Kamgang
Alice Maelle Kamgang

And that's how Americans see Africa. -_- SHAME ON YOU FOR YOUR IGNORANCE!

Mutsa Chinembiri Yikoniko
Mutsa Chinembiri Yikoniko

I agree with Dazzling, its as if there are no middle class and rich people in Africa. I hate the way Africa is so misrepresented. If they were doing their Save the children adverts I would understand because they want people to donate

Shanta Novelo
Shanta Novelo

the picture with the black people... I see kids but no father......

Sharon Ndidi London
Sharon Ndidi London

America compare ur grocery for a week to the rest of the worlds organic foods. Thats why ur kids are fat!

Naa Shormeh Amarh
Naa Shormeh Amarh

Ahhh must Africa always be represented like this? So so so inaccurate! smdh

Loretta Stephens
Loretta Stephens

You should see what they eat in a week in Mali or Chad...!!

Gam Fam
Gam Fam

Great Britain and the U.S had very few fresh vegetables

Xpolosion Collymore
Xpolosion Collymore

If you check pictures 5 and 6 the majority is Fruits and Vegetables and i bet you they would be up early each morning forking up the grounds and planting their own food. #SAVING MONEY #ENTREPRENEURS #REAL