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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Mexico
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Great Britain
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USA
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Australia
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Germany
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Italy
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Canada
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France
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Japan
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China
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Poland
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Kuwait
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Mongolia
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Turkey
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View the entire series Here in Menzel's Book Hungry Planet.

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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!

"electrolytes"

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.

If your water is filtered, then it's not like antarctir spring water at all.

Yeah, we need a device that filters out flouride! ....

So in other words unless it's 100% pure H20, with zero particulates - something that doesn't exist anywhere in nature, then it's poisonous? Amazing how life has made it this far given that 70% of our earth is covered with oceans of this "poison". Give it a break.

Water from the tap is horrible for you, its got a lot of fluoride in it which is really bad for you..... do some research, stop drinking it. :)

This is not true. Not all cities but fluoride in the tap water. And there have been studies showing that there is no difference between tap water and bottled water. Bottled water uses plastic and adds to the pollution to the world with all those little plastic bottles. So, I disagree, drink from the tap, use a filter if you need to, and use a stainless steel bottle for travel!

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