What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World

What A Week Of Groceries Looks Like Around The World

It seems as a people, we have a fascination with photographing our food. From Henry's series of riders, to looking on instagram we cant help but document what we consume. Photographer Peter Menzel started this intriguing series of one weeks of groceries from around the world, taking traditional food photography to a much larger scale. In his book Hungry Planet, Peter explores both the cultural differences of diets around the world as well investigating how prosperity and poverty influence the diets of different nations.

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Here is the book description of Menzel's amazing project:

The age-old practice of sitting down to a family meal is undergoing unprecedented change as rising world affluence and trade, along with the spread of global food conglomerates, transform eating habits worldwide. HUNGRY PLANET profiles 30 families from around the world--including Bosnia, Chad, Egypt, Greenland, Japan, the United States, and France--and offers detailed descriptions of weekly food purchases; photographs of the families at home, at market, and in their communities; and a portrait of each family surrounded by a week's worth of groceries. Featuring photo-essays on international street food, meat markets, fast food, and cookery, this captivating chronicle offers a riveting look at what the world really eats.

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View the entire series Here in Menzel's Book Hungry Planet.

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ah yes those nasty toxins like Cyanide Arsenic and others. Those are the toxins right?

Don't forget that in most of these countries the water is safe to drink, so bottled water wouldn't necessarily be shown. I have spent a chunk of change on a whole house water filtration system because I live in the Midwest and our water is crunchy. Not just hard.. ;) I haven't bought a bottle of water in years.

I've also invested in a filtration system because I can smell the chlorine in tap water... and I live in the mountains of Northern CA. It saves me a lot of $$ over buying bottled water, we all have our own stainless BPA free water bottles that we fill from our filtered tap.... and it saves the environment from plastic bottles!

It was proven by a ama study , that the human body doesn't need that much water like they use to say, we can and will do better on less, they are not pushing drinking 8 ounces 8 times a day, you can drink too much water to mess with your bodys electrolytes and other Minearl's and vitamins

(I see others have reacted here, but I already wrote this all out so I'll post it, ha-ha!) I agree that the soda pop bottles should be replaced with water bottles. No wait! I disagree with that! They should be replaced wtih glasses of water from the tap. Tap water is safer, sometimes safer than bottled water- which is so usually incredibly over priced tap water. But still I don't care if people are stupid enough to pay thousands of times what the real price of the water is for a cup or two. But I do care about the real cost (not just price) of bottled water: Manufacture a bottle with mostly petrochemicals. And 3 liters of water to create a 1 liter bottle. "According to the plastics manufacturing industry, it takes around 3.4
megajoules of energy to make a typical one-liter plastic bottle, cap,
and packaging." (Pacifc Inst.) Fill it with tap water, a heavy item given its volume. Load it on to a truck and drive it up to half a continent away, spewing exhaust and hydrocarbons all the way. Sell it to people who are too lazy, apathetic or selfish to care. When they are done with it they typically toss it in the garbage. 1 out of 7 gets recycled (many sources on. Many get tossed in the ocean where they (with other plastics) affect fish and mammals alike with toxicity, strangulation and gut-tearing ingestion. OK - that's the end of my 'be responsible' rant.

As to the 8 x 8 oz of water myth- I don't imagine it would hurt but it's not really that clear - or close. It initially came about early in (if memory serves correctly, and it may not) the early 20th century when a medical doctor (who were virtually gods back then) calculated, not dictated, that the average human body gets about 8 glasses of water from all sources, including food and drink. More up to date research here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/8-glasses-of-water-a-day-an-urban-myth-1.1...

I have a filtration system in my house. A pricey but great investment. I save thousands over the cost of buying bottled water. Plus we don't add a bunch of plastic bottles to the oceans! We all have a stainless, BPA free water bottle we fill from the filtered tap.
That much water can't hurt, you know. the more water one drinks, the more they pee & have less constipation. This adds up to more toxins being flushed from the cells which is always a good thing.

Again, what are these toxins? Cyanide, Arsenic just what? That idea is silly and sorry if you are actually consuming some toxic chemical a Little wáter is not going to fix you.

The toxins can be anything in food - hormones, flavorings colorings, preservatives. In the air - aluminum, pesticides, cleaning & deodorizer sprays, perfumes, hair sprays. Water does flush out all the organs where these toxic compounds settle & build up - mainly the liver, kidneys & colon.

I think I would be more concerned about something passing through the skin than something coming into the stomach. Metallic and Mercury vapor can be very bad since it passes easily through the skin and is the only element that can easily pass through the cell Wall. Cyanide is another nasty one that can pass easily through the skin. Some professional killers have used Cyanide to kill their victims. They put the Cyanide in beer and then play like they are drunk and spill the beer on the victim. The Cyandie makes the appearance of a heart attack. Selenium is another nasty element if taken in too much into the body. It can occur naturally in soils. In fact, it contaminates a part of the Colorado river. Arsenic in well waters in the Midwest can be a serious problem. I also worry more about the affects of salt Sodium Chloride than many chemicals mentioned. The salt used in most homes is from mined salt and is not sea salt. The former contains way too much Sodium Chloride and no other minerals. Sea salt contains much less Sodium Chloride plus contains many various healthy minerals.

Well, you're right, I am concerned about environmental toxins & poisons, but where I live & with my lifestyle, I'm not at much risk. The article is about groceries/food/water. My point is that drinking a lot of water is healthy for keeping those vital organs I mention flushed after exposure to toxins in food & various pollutants people commonly inhale. I do use only sea salt when cooking, and I eat a mostly Organic diet with the fruits & veggies I grow in my back yard.

Sorry but that is not true. Sounds great but there is no scientific basis for that claim. Your body gets sufficient wáter from a number of sources including fruit and vegetables along with a variety of juices and sodas.

There is plenty of water from the tap. Jeeze people, think!

Our bodies just need an optimum amount of fluid; it will seek balance so too much will make you pee and too little will make you thirsty.

Who needs water when you have neon green....uh....something?

Gatorade its got electrodes in it (Y)

Good movie lol

I think you mean electrolytes ...

I like my Gatorade so much more when it's got electrodes!


It's what plants need.

plus or minus 98% chemicals

You do realize that everything in nature is a chemical, right?

Not all chemicals are organic based meaning no Carbon base. It is the difference as to whether you are living on organic chemistry or inorganic chemistry. Our bodies over 3 million years are designed for organic chemistry and not inorganic chemistry.

Drink Brawndo

Most cities in the US have drinkable tap water (if they drink water)

why would you buy bottled water when it comes out your tap. No matter they're both poisonous, tap or bottle.

You sir are retarded if you think water is poisonous.

it's not the water that is poisonous it's what is in the water from your tap and from the bottles you get at the store ... so who's retarded .. maybe their person that has no idea what's in their water

Why don't you all keep fighting about it as you derail the actual point of the article, I'm sure we all find your commentary fascinating.

Almost all water comes in bottles with plastics that don't leak (at least in Australia this is the case). That bottled water is filtered so heavily that you may as well be drinking from an Antarctic spring (some places use chemicals to filter water, but not all).

Tap water varies based on the area but you can buy filters that last anywhere from 3 months to a year depending on usage before needing to be changed which gets rid of most of the 'trace elements'.

Unless of course you are talking about water fluoridation... I personally feel like that's about as debate worthy as the anti-vaccination agenda.

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