What The World Eats

We’ve been pretty focused on our “new” diet for a while now. After 40+ years of eating omnivorously, the switch to vegan eating hasn’t been automatic. So we’ve looked for help along the way. We’ve read a number of books, visited a slew of websites and blogs, and generally immersed ourselves in what people eat and what they avoid.

Today, I stumbled across a photo series I’d seen before. It’s an excerpt from the book: Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, in which the author shows, pictorially, what a typical family eats during the course of a week around the world, and the equivalent cost of that food in US$ . The differences in eating across cultures is astounding!

Time magazine has a 10-picture excerpt of What the World Eats, and if you haven’t seen it before, I highly recommend taking a look. The families in Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico (slide 2) and Ujjain, central India (slide 4) appear to eat the most healthfully. What I find most amazing is that the less developed nations seem to be eating better than the more developed nations. The exception being the family from Kouakourou, Ivory Coast, Africa (the 6th slide). I cannot believe that so many people can exist on such a small amount of food. They all look happy and healthy, but what can you truly tell from a photograph? That particular photograph makes me very grateful that I live in a place where food is abundant enough that I can choose what I would like to eat.

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