Thursday, June 24, 2010

JUNE Food Stamp Challenge....Thinking About Food & The Planet

This post is part of the June Food Stamp Challenge which is located HERE.

Taking part in this Food Stamp Challenge got me thinking about what we eat, both what food our country and culture values and what we personally consumer here at Chez Sluggy.
I was reminded of this Photo Essay created by the husband & wife team of Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio that they turned into a book a few years ago called "Hungry Planet".

Check out the link located HERE at Walrus Magazine for a brief article on it.  There are 15 photo links there where you can access photos of half of the 30 families that were profiled.
Basically the Menzel/D'Aluisios  lived with the families for 1 week and detailed every food product they used during that time.
Then they laid out in the photos of the families all that food that was consumed in 1 week.

From the Ayme Family in Tingo, Ecuador....

To the Melander Family in Bargtheide, Germany...

To the Ahmed family in Cairo, Egypt...

To the Revis Family in Raleigh NC, USA....

You can't view those photos and not come up with definite impressions about the differences and similarities in how people around the world eat.

So, what does what you serve on your dinner table say about you and your culture?



  1. I've seen photos from hungry planet several times and I'm always intrigued and amazed. I believe our table would look like a hybrid of the last two photos you posted.

    I know that we buy fewer packaged goods than a lot people. I can tell this on trash pick-up day. We put out one barrel and can't see any of the trash bags in it. Everyone else on our street puts out at least 2 barrels and they are always overflowing.

  2. Wow! I wouldn't know where to start to get a pic of all the stuff we eat each week. I'd have to be organized...

  3. I have seen that photo essay before and find it fascinating.

    Last night, our dinner said that Hubby was tired. We had chili dogs and hash browns. LOL!
    Sometimes you just gotta have a hot dog.

    We use fewer packaged goods than some people, but we do use some.

  4. Normally, we are semi healthy but tonight I'm ashamed to say that we had chicken nuggets and tater tots!! I'm hanging my head!!

  5. Ours would probably say we were lazy slobs who don't want to spend a lot of time on food prep.


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