What the World Eats

February 20, 2008 at 10:16 pm 4 comments

Have you seen this Time Magazine pictorial, “What the World Eats“?

I’ve seen it before but it came across my email again today, and I wanted to share it.  I think it speaks for itself, but a few aspects really got to me:

– The amount of packaged, processed foods First World-ers eat, vs. the amount of whole foods  Third World-ers eat.

– How Coca Cola has permeated the world, even those who can barely afford food. (This reminds me of traveling to the depths of the jungle in Panama with my surfer husband, who was searching for this amazing wave we unfortunately never found.  Anyway, the people in the area we stayed lived in huts — yes, huts — and they still drank Coca Cola!)

–  Excess vs. Poverty — The lines here blur for me, as the wealthy people pictured don’t necessarily look happier or healthier.  Yes, there is a terrible imbalance of wealth in the world, which needs to be rectified. But do I think the family who lives on two bags of grains and a few pieces of fruit in a week would actually be better off with the stacks of frozen pizzas and fast food meals of the West?  Isn’t there a better middle path?

Anyway, do check out the pictorial, a fascinating study.  It can be helpful to think about what you eat in a week, and what is “enough” to eat in a week.  Quite a big and complicated question.


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mrs. Jones  |  February 26, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    You evoked a picture of an obese man guzzling down a “thirsty-two ouncer” of Coke to wash down his Two-for-One Meat Lovers pizza deal.

    Rice and Mangoes. What pleasures…

  • 2. Mrs. Jones  |  February 26, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    PS: SD Family Magazine has an article about kids going veggie in their March issue. Very interesting what you can learn from the littlest of creatures.

  • 3. Jena Strong  |  February 27, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    We’re intent on eating lower on the food chain… thanks for this.

  • 4. annie  |  March 8, 2008 at 3:54 am

    I was enjoying browsing through your articles. Got the link from the Writer Mama zine.
    But, horrors, the link to the article mentioned is broken!

    happy writing! I’ll be back (that sounds threatening. I don’t mean it that way…).

    -annie @ sisterwisdom


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