Maybe you’ve seen this already (it’s definitely making the rounds on the blogosphere), but if you haven’t, it’s worth going through all sixteen photos of families in different countries and their food purchases for a week, annotated with the cost of the supplies. Time magazine, which is hosting the pictures originally taken for a book called “Hungry Planet,” has done a good job selecting a representative sample of families from different socioeconomic classes in a wide variety of countries (Germany, Japan, Bhutan, Peru, Chad [warning: sad], etc). The photo spread is compelling in an, oh-right-the-rest-of-the-world-is-composed-of-human-beings-who-eat-food-just-like-we-do sort of way, and also in a wow-people-eat-a-lot-of-packaged-and-artificial-crap sort of way. The photo which we found most appealing (and which we may get ordered to take down, we’re not sure) is of the Ahmeds of Cairo (#9), who spent a mere $68.53 on all that delicious looking produce and mutton. And kudos to their interior deco, especially that waterfall poster.
What the World Eats [Time]
[Photo: Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo]