Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eaten in One Week

This is an email I received today. A strong believer in the power of imagery, I have nothing else to say only to sit back and let these photographs explicitly communicate their message.

"Take a good look at the diet of each country and the cost of what is eaten in one week. (See comments on this post, I agree that the prices are misleading, look more at the quality of food and quantity/individual ratio.) Look also at the number of people fed in each photo."

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 (Sure hope most American
families eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and less junk food than this family.)
Food expenditure for one week $341.98

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

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

*There was no information as to who to credit for the photographs and statistics.


Anonymous said...

So the currency is changed to US value, but the food value isnt changed? Great article, just saying it is a little misleading. The bottom family has more than $1.23 in US valued food...same as the others.

Maria Maria Maria said...

Great point, it is misleading. I wonder who took these pictures and found the statistics? I've seen a similar project where families around the world pull out all of their material possessions and a photograph is taken. Stunning. In this case, was looking more at the amount of food consumed each week by the families and also at the quality of food. Thank you for your comment!

Resume said...

Whoever just left the anonymous comment took the words right out of my mouth. You have to consider the value of the currency in comparison to the US dollar and of course, the food itself. The quantity and quality of the food for each country was pretty interesting even though only one family was used to represent each.

Iva said...

wow! that was a beautiful layout and way to show food intake and price value. Marvelous. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

It was a Time spread:,29307,1626519,00.html

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