Wow, you’re right. This is interesting. Especially as I’ve just returned home from grocery shopping in England. My shop for one week for a family of four costs approx. £250. You can almost double that to convert to US dollars. I’m not surprised our food costs are on a par with Germany. The UK is jolly expensive! But at least we have a huge selection of foodstuffs to choose from.
What a moving photoessay. Not just in the amounts consumed, but the types of foods consumed. Did anyone else notice that the ONLY family whose groceries contained no vegetables or fresh produce was in the United States? A shame that what we so easily produce, we often fail to appreciate.
Actually, there are some grapes and a couple of tomatoes in there, I think. But mostly it’s packages. Lots and lots of packages. I’m not sure we’re much better in this household either, but we don’t spend as much money each week. In fact, that’s only a little under what we spend in a month.
This was very sobering. Not only the differences between the haves and the have nots (although that part was the most striking) but the differences in the types of foods. I was appalled at the family from the US choices as compared with most of the other countries.
Ah yes, this was sent to me in an email last week. I do think some good points are made in the photos. However, you can see by the placement of the foodstuffs that the US diet is being place in an unfavorable light on purpose. Where the fruits and veggies in all the other countries are displayed prominently on a front table, the ones in the US are crowded on the inside of a table.
Why so defensive? I guess because it is true to a point and then it is manipulated.
I am glad you posted this. I recieved it as an e-mail several months ago. We have read it as a family several times before eating our suppers. It really helps put a perspective on what we have as a nation and how much we waste. This also put a stop to my picky eaters. There’s nothing to grumble about. My favorite picture is the one of Ecuador. They seem happy. We have so much to be grateful for.
The BBC had a program on packaging a bit ago. When food travels it requires more packaging or it spoils, thus producing even less useable food. So packaging is more good, than bad. Eating is a cultural phenomena, had they chosen an American-Italian, -Polish or -Mexican household over a Black household, the diet would be substantially different, the amount of packaged goods would remain proportional. I wonder who picked out the food – the family or the photo-journalist? It is interesting that the Mexicans eat corn flakes without milk. I wonder if this is how much they buy or how much they eat – two different concepts. I think many Homeless in America would eat less per person than some in refugee camps bleak backgrounds give rise to bleak thoughts. The concept is valid, the presentation may or may not be accurate. Beware propaganda no matter where it raises it’s head. Just think ‘Soup’ and a little becomes a lot. Also ask if we are comparing apples with oranges, I would question what Socio-economic class is being presented and if they are the same. But just the same, we produce enough to feed and house and clothe the world. The reasons we don’t are political, and I would argue a lack of spiritual courage.