The Hungry Planet

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

USA: $340/week

Ecuador: $30/week

France: $416/week

India: $39/week

Japan: $309/week

Bhutan: $4.95/week

Guatemala: $74/week

Italy: $258/week

United Kingdom: $340/week

Darlings, what are your eating habits? Do you know how much you spend weekly on your groceries and take out’s? Do you have a well-balanced diet? I’m totally gobsmacked by those incredibly unique and eye-opening snapshots of global eating habits. It seems that the food gulf between nations is humongous!

For example, a family of four in France spends on average $416 weekly on their food, while a family of 13 in Bhutan spends only $4.95. Shocking, isn't it? Also, Italian families seem to have the most balanced diet with tons of fish, veggies, fruits and pasta. All those families are a part of Peter Menzel's book, The Hungry Planet. Peter and his wife Haith visited 30 families in 24 countries and photographed them with their weekly food purchases, including a detailed description of all the things they eat weekly. Peter hopes that his book will become our culinary atlas of the planet. So interesting, isn’t it? This project makes me look at my diet in a whole new way! xo

P.S: Also, five Olympians and  their diets.
P.P.S: A sassy and beautiful GIVEAWAY is coming up!

(Thanks Zsuzsa, via  Daily Mail)

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

What an eye opener. I'm ashamed to admit that my husband and I spend way too much on food delivery. It's my goal to cook more at home instead of ordering a pizza on the go.

Kirsty Girl said...

My partner and I are vegans so our grocery list consists mainly of vegetables with some rice thrown in. And lots of herbs and spices. While the Americans have a lot more food forgive me for saying the poorer countries food looks so much more appetizing. That is REAL food! :D always look on the bright side! Also amazes that the average is almost $4oo in US! Wow!

Diana Mieczan said...

Anonymous, cooking at home can be very enjoyable. I love making my own food.

Diana Mieczan said...

Kristy, you are very right. Real food looks so much more appetizing and it's so much better for us. Have you read Food Rules, An Eater's Manual? I think, you would love it. It's a book that changed the way I look at food (real-food). Btw: I love that you guys are vegan.

Minha vida de campo said...

Há muita diferença entre os países. Aqui no brasil no sul temos mais fartura que no norte. Lá eles passam fome enquanto que aqui temos muitas riquezas. Aqui a comida além de ser barata colocamos muitas sobras no lixo. Há um grande desperdício de comidas. Em minha família de 6 pessoas, gastamos por mês, 900 dólares por mês, e a nossa refeição é a base de carne. Gastamos uns 10 quilos de carne por mês. Por que todo domingo tem churrasco.
Tenha uma ótima semana.

tutusandtea said...

This is totally wild!! What an eye-opener that's for sure... I try to cook the majority of my meals, sometimes combining healthy pre-made things with others I make myself... That way going out seems that much more special and luxurious..Thanks for the perspective shifter! Lovely!

Ethaney said...

i think it's funny that the groceries of every other country appeals to me and the groceries of the US kinda gross me out. yum, look at ecuador and india! all that fresh produce. we spend about $170-$180 per week on groceries just for M and i. since we make almost all our food at home and i try to cut out as many processed foods as i can, groceries tend to be SO much more expensive. you would think it would be the opposite! there is something really sad about that...don't you think?

i think this is such a great project. very eye opening as some of the previous comments have said.

always love your posts, diana!! xo

Laura Bear said...

WOW this is absolutely fascinating. What am amazing concept and so interesting to see!

We are pretty conscious of what we spend per week, but I think if we really analyzed it this well we would be surprised and could bring that number down! Awesome post!

little t said...

This is facinating! I don't know which mine would look most like... France or Italy maybe. A ton of pasta and bottled water :)

HiLLjO said...

The more first-wordly the country is, the more they seem to spend... and buy packaged foods.
Interesting!

Hannah Q. Parris said...

Very interesting! The most appetizing to me have all the fresh fruits and veggies. I always lean toward more whole foods and less packaged/processed items.

Melissa Blake said...

I need to have a more balanced diet...but french fries are my weakness lol!! :)

Jess said...

This is pretty eye-opening indeed! I've been trying to cut out processed foods when possible, but sometimes it sure makes life easier!

Monica | Hola!design said...

how interesting! I can't believe the USA family spends that much in groceries. I live in NJ and spend 80-100 dlls a weeek for two people. Most of my groceries are fresh produce, fish and chicken. I don't really buy processed food anymore.

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

Wow, just wow!

And besides the fact that poorer countries spend way less on their food it´s also straight from the garden! I mean look at it - US, England, Italy - there´s so much in a wrapper (and Japan OMG, do they even eat anything that´s not packaged?)

It´s like Western countries eat so much unnecessary stuff that´s also poor in nutrients "just because we can" or so it seems.........

Diana Mieczan said...

Minha vida de campo, how interesting! Food waste is a huge problem, isn't it?

Diana Mieczan said...

tutusandtea, I like your idea of mixing healthy pre-made food with the one you made yourself.

Diana Mieczan said...

Same here, Ethaney! Ecuador and India food looks so healthy, fresh and good, doesn't it? And yes, I totally agree with you - it's so strange that processed food is cheaper while 'real food' can be so expensive. Pretty sad, indeed! (Thank you for the sweet note. xoxo)

Diana Mieczan said...

Great point, Laura!

Diana Mieczan said...

Spot on, HiLLjO! Pretty sad, isn't it?

Diana Mieczan said...

Jess, totally. I think that is why processed food is so popular. It's easy and quick:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Monica, same here! I rarely buy processed stuff by now. I usually go with all things fresh.

Diana Mieczan said...

Martie, I was surprised about Japan too. I thought that they eat more veggies.

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