Sometimes all it takes is a little perspective. In an increasingly globalized world, it’s still sometimes shocking to see just how disparate our lives are with other human beings around the world. For their book “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” photographer Peter Menzel and author Faith D’Alulsio embarked on a journey to 24 countries in every continent around the world. Spending a week each with 30 different families, they not only took part in their daily lives but documented how much they ate and what they spent on food in one week.
The results speak plainly for themselves. Not just a matter of poverty versus wealth, but of the obvious quality and health value of what other cultures are eating, usually for less money. Here’s just a sampling of the families, but you can check them all out at the Hungry Planet Flickr set. Thanks to MK @ SocietalSickeness for sending me this.
Germany – US $500.07
United States – US $341.98
Italy – US $260.11
Egypt – US $68.53
Mongolia – $40.02
Breijding (Sudanese refugee camp in Chad) – US $1.23