November 9th, 2007

piranha - it was a sorry place.

One Week of Food - Around the World

So I don't know how viral this is, and how wide-spread these images are on the Internet, but Dad sent me an email with this earlier today and frankly, it disgusted me.

Here is a list of the average amount of money spent on food during one week by one family from a variety of places around the world. Linked with each is a photo of what that amount of money covers for that family.

Just look!

Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira City
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07

United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98

Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55

Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23

Look at what the Americans are eating compared to the Sicilians and the Germans. There is SO MUCH processed food in that diet! The only fruit I see are two little bunches of grapes! Four bags of chips in a week - how can they eat so many? - and plenty of random fast food. Compare that to the Italian family, which looks positively delicious because I love bread and even the Japanese, who also have tons of processed pre-packaged food but also manage to have a decent amount of vegetables and fish.

The look at the family in Chad. It's heart-breaking. Six people are living on a couple of bags of rice and grain and some tiny bags of produce. Look how skinny everyone is!

The Namgays in Bhutan, too. They have a lot more food than the family in Africa, but they're feeding a lot more mouths, too. I count 13 people living on not that much food. It's sad.

Although I have to admit, I was surprised by how good the Mexican family's food looks. Lots of tasty fresh vegetables, very little processed chemical-laden food. The only problem is they have waaaaaaaaay too much soda, but that's a minor quibble compared to everyone else.