Food for thought

Posted by Laura Grant on June 25, 2007
Posted in Food

If you haven’t yet seen Peter Menzel’s extraordinary photographs from the book “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats”, now’s your chance. Time magazine online has created a photogallery using 15 of his images. They’re fascinating shots of ordinary families from around the world – from California to China to Chad – surrounded by the food they eat in a week. The captions tell how much each family spends a week on food: from the refugees in Chad’s $1.63 to the German family of four’s $500. These pictures say more about what’s happening to people’s diets in the modern world than any number of words could. Briefly, it would appear that the more “westernised” the family, the harder it is to spot a fresh fruit or vegetable among their weekly shopping – and the more the packaging mounts up. To see the pics go to Time’s website.

“Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio, Ten Speed Press, 2005.


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