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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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!

True I don't think Colorado Springs puts fluoride in their water.. my son left for the Academy with never having a cavity in his life. Came home for Christmas break 2 yrs after being there and had TEN cavities. Dentist said his teeth were clean .. just no fluoride in the water....

I grew up on a farm, with a well (therefore, no fluoridation), and have had very few cavities in my life. My 25 year-old son grew up drinking water from a reverse osmosis filtration system, and has never had a cavity in in his life. Fluoridation is a dangerous scam.

That's hardly evidence. Correlation does not imply causation. Now maybe if you included both you and your sons' eating habits from youth to adulthood, including information on how much you brushed your teeth, what toothpaste you used and how many times you visited the dentist each year from when your teeth came in to current times, maybe you would have a valid argument.

Well I had well water with no fluoride and did not have a cavity til I was 22 which was also my first dentist visit. This was 4 years after moving to an area with city water that contained fluoride. Now my son has always had teeth issues and I was told by his dentist it was due to having to much fluoride in the water and on top of that in his toothpaste.

again - correlation does not equal causation.

And some well water is naturally fluoridated -- where do you think they go the idea from? Children (I believe in rural Texas) who were found to have much fewer cavities were found to be drinking naturally flroridated water (because of geological formations rich in fluoride).

Says who, the dentist? The person who makes money off you eating candy like its your job? Fluoride is horrible for your teeth. Baby Boomers grew up drinking "baby water" and historically have horrendous tooth decay, cavities, and/or extensive dental reconstruction.

You speak complete garbage. Fluoride is not horrible for your teeth.

Erin: Fluoride is a combination of hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride!

IT IS A TOXIN! Plain and simple.

Perhaps its time for you to open your eyes and not listen to what western medicine is telling you. Your force fed "facts" are not correct. It may be your opinion, but it is not fact.

The government has quietly admitted that it is dangerous. Historically our fluoride levels pumped into our public water system is down (the standard for fluoride has been lowered from 1.2 to 0.7 milligrams per liter as of 2011, the first time since 1962!)

It has nothing to do with western medicine, and nobody is force feeding facts. And no, it's not my opinion. I do biochemical research. And no, it's not true that it was "quietly admitted that it is dangerous." (Where do you conspiracy kooks come up with this garbage?) - the level was lowered because science (you know, FACTS, the stuff that I work with) determined that the peak anti-cavity effect was 0.7 mg/L.
Anyway, I'm really bored with you "omg fluoride is evil! the corporations & government lie to you!" types, and really, the topic is WAY off topic for this whole thread, so please don't reply back. I won't bother reading it.

I'm saying historically that where the origins are. You don't have to agree with it or me, but to not even looki it up shows how lazy and biased you are. The idea of fluoridation, LIKE IT OR NOT came from original studies conducted on children who had naturally fluoridated water. It's a fact! Now begone, Dental TROLL!

Fluoride is a combination of hexafluorosilicic acid and sodium silicofluoride!

IT IS A TOXIN! Plain and simple.

Perhaps its time for you to open your eyes and not listen to what western medicine is telling you. Your force fed "facts" are not correct. It may be your opinion, but it is not fact.

The government has quietly admitted that it is dangerous. Historically our fluoride levels pumped into our public water system is down (the standard for fluoride has been lowered from 1.2 to 0.7 milligrams per liter as of 2011, the first time since 1962!)

yes there is difference between natural floruide and the toxic waste they create in industries and they call it fluoride! read the link I provided in one of the comments above.

My family grew up with a well and had cavities. Fluoridation is NOT a "dangerous scam."

We also had a rock outside that protected us from tigers. Correlation does not equal causation at all.

drinking pure water from well of course iis not gonna prevent cavities alone lol! how gullible of u to think that only by drinking unfloridated pure natural water, u will not get cavities! things are not that simple.. it is a whole lifestyle that needs to change, eating balanced whole grains and vegetables.. of course if u eat a lot of meat or fruits, or packaged ready-made bullshit u will get cavities. its not at all only about water. but it all adds up.
fluoride has ben taken out of israels tap water recently. more and more countries are waking up to the danger of this chemical. wake up and do some serious research, stop believing all u read, think for urself. companies hwo manufacture chemicals want u to consume the chemicals in everything. its their way of making profit .. u pay tax for government so they put fluoride in the water.. this makes ppl worry about tax and money issues and be more submissive to these corporations running the show. there is no government. corporations run the show.

Actually, I do "serious" biochemical research and I do think for myself, and science has concluded that no, fluoride is *not* a dangerous scam, it's not some corporate profit center, and that pretty much everything you've said is conspiracy theory garbage. You are right about the lifestyle, though. I cringe when I see people putting soda pop into a 2 year old child's cup. or feeding them french fries.

learn to distinguish between "science" that has agenda behind it, the reports they fabricate to convince stupid ppl like u of what they want u to believe is the truth, and real science. instead of listening to what they tell u science concluded, try ur own experiment if its not already too obvious what these companies are doing and what their agenda is. if its not already too obvious that they are driven by greed and that their scientists work for them, to make advertisement for their products, not for truth telling. they are not working for ur health nor are they concerned about ur well being. if u got not enough intelligence to see that very obvious thing now, with cancer rates skyrocketing and sickness and disease increasing every year, at least do ur own experiment with fluoride. try for example watering a plant with fluoride and another one with pure spring water and see which one grows faster or better or dies etc.. they did this with microwave the plant that was given microwaved water died. I have no idea how u can mimic a little experiment in ur own kitchen but all is possible https://mail.google.com/mail/?shva=1#inbox/1424801f8b52d794 a little bit of intelligence wont harm. not even intelligence. just have eyes to observe the world around u and see.. Israel most recently banned fluoride, also Australia banned it, and in Europe.. only "very knowledgeable "people like u are left to still believe these lies. :) more and more toothpastes now mention on the package "fluoride-free". u are not up to date.

by the way, in my homeland no fluoride was ever added to water, our government is not THAT evil nor that corrupt (though all governments are.) and the people who have been drinking fluoride with their water have not had better bones or teeth it is quite the opposite, in the east ppl have better health not in the west. all this chemicals crap has not made westerners healthier nor smarter. they are becoming dumber and sicker. this is poverty, not richness.

You really need to just stop talking, because it's so obvious that you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about now and are just babbling junk about "the evil corporations" and parroting garbage you read on some hokey "natural news" websites. And it's clear that you didn't listen to what I said - I DO THE "REAL SCIENCE."
The real stupid person here is you. You're quoting trash from some self proclaimed health guru that's trying to sell you "alternative medicine" quackery. You're also wrong, Australia did not ban fluoride. But if you weren't some willfully ignorant "my body is a temple" loon, you might have known that. Now goodbye!

yeah i will stop even reading what u write completely.. in the first reply u made i read the first few sentences now this reply is not even worth reading beyond the first sentence lol :D u are very smart, thinking that whole nations are just being stupid because of deciding to removing and banning fluoride from tap water. or thinking that corporations hire scientists to work for ur own good. not gullible at all. keep at it. will not be reading this bullshit in name of knowledgability when facts on ground is all u need to realize.. will leave the stage for u. ill stop talking AND reading :) totally not worth wasting time.

You don't have any facts. You have omg evil corporation conspiracy theory stupidity concocted by quack doctors. You have zero "knowledgability" and zero "facts on ground." You've babbled about things that are simply not true at all and have absolutely nothing to back it up with.

So yes, please just leave, and take your completely ignorant comments elsewhere, and leave it for the rest of us that actually know what we're talking about.

Goodbye, and thanks for remind me why Disqus needs a "hide further comments from this complete jackass" option.

If you're thinking about clicking "Reply" save us the trouble and just don't. You've already made yourself look stupid enough as it is.

just read the first sentence or saw a word about "conspiracy theorist", the rest is not worth my time, so about this one word I wanted to give u heads up cause u seem to be living in ur little American bubble dream (western bubble).. in Syria where I come from.. actually in all arab countries people are aware of this conspiracy, they know its mainly a conspiracy against them and that the Zionists are the ones who own big banks and big corporations in America -and around the world- and they are lobbying government so America and western world governments in particular stands by their side and act according to what benefits them. they have established this country in the exact middle of all arab countries and called it Israel in 1948.. the aim is to create more and more division in the arab world, between the many different religions there.. they want to divide arab nations according to religion.. Israel was the start, they called it the jewish nation.. then they tried to make Lebanon a Christian nation.. and its not that they are to blame, its the weakness of arabs and their idiocy that keeps them from uniting against their enemies and divided governments.. zionists are lobbying most of the arab governments in the gulf also now and the people of these countries are not happy and are recently daring to show their disapproval of this situation -not that u would hear about that in ur media America.. American media does not report this-. in Syria my country, whats happening is also a manifestation of this. its the Zionists' plan working the way they want it to. they are not dumb hey also use media to propagate against arabs and islam... they got even ME duped, before I came to the west I thought that I was going to some kind of paradise because in Syria people are all liars so I thought that in the west people are more honest and act more spontaneous. I realized I was brainwashed by mainstream media, and all the American movies I watched.. they portray life as easy and all party-time. and the silly cute wisdoms with which they end the movie.. hehe :D its all so that the American culture sounds and look different and appealing. when I came to America I realized none of that is what reality is about.. so they brainwashed YOU americans to think of it as "conspiracy theory" whereas I was taught at school as I was growing up in Syria, and my parents and everyone speaks about this conspiracy in Syria. in school, universities, political parties etc.. EVERYONE knows about it. to us arabs this is not a theory, it is something we face and experience in the arab world .. a real threat to face everyday! a real possibility! it is the pictures I saw and still see on TV of Palestinian families torn apart by Israeli army.. israeli army ordering Palestinian farmers to evacuate their land and homes! why? because civilization is more important than humans, and civilization is all about destroying farmers lands and homes to plant GMO crops -or should i say GMO Labs?) and big huge modern buildings and shopping malls!! this is the reason why occupy gezi movement emerged. protestors protested against destroying a park by government to build a shopping mall instead of the beautiful trees there. u may be used to this consumerism in America, this empty materialistic way of living, but in middle east we are not, and we don't think of it as "civilization".. Turkish government is pro-American government. so they order evacuation of land to build new buildings instead of the old homes of the original palestinian inhabitants.. and what happens to the Palestinians who are ordered to evacuate the land? they have no place to go to, their homes are destroyed, so they flee to near-by countries.. I lived in Syria and I had Palestinian friends who have witnessed such horror and they remember it very well, how they were kicked out of their homes.. arabs have always been concerned about this and they know its real, its not a theory. the silly thing is that they are doing nothing about it, even though they outnumber the few Zionists.. the ignorance and the victim mindset that's the one to blame. nothing else. those that are brainwashed to be typical americans call it as u do a "conspiracy theory" in America and western world.. and u think its new thing, this "conspiracy".. the truth is its VERY old stuff to us arabs and eastern world. they know how evil American corporations are and how they are ruling the show in America and in most governments around the world.. lol.. only YOU in America are starting to wake up to this recently :D halleluyaaa.. 'nough sleep. I am expecting u'd still go on and on endlessly about how "ridiculous" this is because ignorance has no limits in idiot america. u are still very much asleep.. the only thing I wanted to point out is that if u think entire nations are conspiracy theorists, whereas u americans aren't, u MUST be either very smart or very modest.. for a while I thought americans are open minded when I was a teenager and I was fascinated by the ideas i had about western culture.. but I found out americans are even more stupid than arabs :) and they have absolutely zero freedom.. freedom is not freedom of speech but freedom to think.. if u think right then u will speak the right thing that truly matter. u will "speak up". they use very subliminal clever ways to teach u certain things and program u to certain ideas, so u think u have chosen these ideas. but its only brainwashing, manipulation of publics' opinion through mainstream media and pop culture and schooling system etc.. but they have the illusion that they got freedom.. this is VERY well known to any Syrian.. go to my country and ask any beggar on the street about it and see what he will tell u of americans.. everyone knows americans are being tricked! hehe.. a little beggar on the street in syria is much smarter than anay American.. Israel can exist only because of these lobbyists in America who are conspiring in favor of wars.. profiting from wars and economic collapse.. ALLLL arabs know that .. because they live the consequences and experience them.. and they don't want all the shopping malls and huge high buildings that u have. they are not so fascinated by all the consumerism.. anyone that goes a bit deeper into politics realizes this, whether in western world or in arab countries. all government want division in general because to divide is to conquer.. but some governments are more evil than others, because they have been around for longer time, and they got more greedy, developed new tricks to dupe u. yet u think u are so smart :D ... oh America its funny how u think u are so smart.. and the thing is, its too obvious for anyone with just a slight bit of intelligence now. just a bit of observing the situation in America and seeing that cancer rates are skyyyyrocketing. the disgusting pop music industry and media and prop 37 and GMO labelling. the poverty increasing, etc. all these are consequences of americans being addicted to this consumerism and this ugly lifestyle of wasting natural resources and polluting them, and the enslavement to employment and money.. this robotic lifestyle that westerners lead.. slaves to their jobs.. the Zionists agenda on a bigger scale is decreasing population in the entire earth. its not only aimed against arabs, and that's what arabs don't know. they think its only aimed at them.. it IS more particularly aimed at them but its not just them.... greed and arrogance has no limits when u think u are better than others. so calling such a thing a conspiracy theory is not inconcsiderate and disrespectful to arabs and eastern nations, it is most of all disrespectful to yourself. this arrogance speaks of nothing but of how dumb americans are, and have always been.. the whole world knows about this now.. they laugh at idiot America. yet americans think they smarter than all those "conspiracy theorists" ;)

just read the first sentence or saw a word about "conspiracy theorist", the rest is not worth my time, so about this one word I wanted to give u heads up cause u seem to be living in ur little American bubble dream (western bubble).. in Syria where I come from.. actually in all arab countries people are aware of this conspiracy, they know its mainly a conspiracy against them and that the Zionists are the ones who own big banks and big corporations in America -and around the world- and they are lobbying government so America and western world governments in particular stands by their side and act according to what benefits them. they have established this country in the exact middle of all arab countries and called it Israel in 1948.. the aim is to create more and more division in the arab world, between the many different religions there.. they want to divide arab nations according to religion.. Israel was the start, they called it the jewish nation.. then they tried to make Lebanon a Christian nation.. and its not that they are to blame, its the weakness of arabs and their idiocy that keeps them from uniting against their enemies and divided governments.. zionists are lobbying most of the arab governments in the gulf also now and the people of these countries are not happy and are recently daring to show their disapproval of this situation -not that u would hear about that in ur media America.. American media does not report this-. in Syria my country, whats happening is also a manifestation of this. its the Zionists' plan working the way they want it to. they are not dumb hey also use media to propagate against arabs and islam... they got even ME duped, before I came to the west I thought that I was going to some kind of paradise because in Syria people are all liars so I thought that in the west people are more honest and act more spontaneous. I realized I was brainwashed by mainstream media, and all the American movies I watched.. they portray life as easy and all party-time. and the silly cute wisdoms with which they end the movie.. hehe :D its all so that the American culture sounds and look different and appealing. when I came to America I realized none of that is what reality is about.. so they brainwashed YOU americans to think of it as "conspiracy theory" whereas I was taught at school as I was growing up in Syria, and my parents and everyone speaks about this conspiracy in Syria. in school, universities, political parties etc.. EVERYONE knows about it. to us arabs this is not a theory, it is something we face and experience in the arab world .. a real threat to face everyday! a real possibility! it is the pictures I saw and still see on TV of Palestinian families torn apart by Israeli army.. israeli army ordering Palestinian farmers to evacuate their land and homes! why? because civilization is more important than humans, and civilization is all about destroying farmers lands and homes to plant GMO crops -or should i say GMO Labs?) and big huge modern buildings and shopping malls!! this is the reason why occupy gezi movement emerged. protestors protested against destroying a park by government to build a shopping mall instead of the beautiful trees there. u may be used to this consumerism in America, this empty materialistic way of living, but in middle east we are not, and we don't think of it as "civilization".. Turkish government is pro-American government. so they order evacuation of land to build new buildings instead of the old homes of the original palestinian inhabitants.. and what happens to the Palestinians who are ordered to evacuate the land? they have no place to go to, their homes are destroyed, so they flee to near-by countries.. I lived in Syria and I had Palestinian friends who have witnessed such horror and they remember it very well, how they were kicked out of their homes.. arabs have always been concerned about this and they know its real, its not a theory. the silly thing is that they are doing nothing about it, even though they outnumber the few Zionists.. the ignorance and the victim mindset that's the one to blame. nothing else. those that are brainwashed to be typical americans call it as u do a "conspiracy theory" in America and western world.. and u think its new thing, this "conspiracy".. the truth is its VERY old stuff to us arabs and eastern world. they know how evil American corporations are and how they are ruling the show in America and in most governments around the world.. lol.. only YOU in America are starting to wake up to this recently :D halleluyaaa.. 'nough sleep. I am expecting u'd still go on and on endlessly about how "ridiculous" this is because ignorance has no limits in idiot america. u are still very much asleep.. the only thing I wanted to point out is that if u think entire nations are conspiracy theorists, whereas u americans aren't, u MUST be either very smart or very modest.. for a while I thought americans are open minded when I was a teenager and I was fascinated by the ideas i had about western culture.. but I found out americans are even more stupid than arabs :) and they have absolutely zero freedom.. freedom is not freedom of speech but freedom to think.. if u think right then u will speak the right thing that truly matter. u will "speak up". they use very subliminal clever ways to teach u certain things and program u to certain ideas, so u think u have chosen these ideas. but its only brainwashing, manipulation of publics' opinion through mainstream media and pop culture and schooling system etc.. but they have the illusion that they got freedom.. this is VERY well known to any Syrian.. go to my country and ask any beggar on the street about it and see what he will tell u of americans.. everyone knows americans are being tricked! hehe.. a little beggar on the street in syria is much smarter than anay American.. Israel can exist only because of these lobbyists in America who are conspiring in favor of wars.. profiting from wars and economic collapse.. ALLLL arabs know that .. because they live the consequences and experience them.. and they don't want all the shopping malls and huge high buildings that u have. they are not so fascinated by all the consumerism.. anyone that goes a bit deeper into politics realizes this, whether in western world or in arab countries. all government want division in general because to divide is to conquer.. but some governments are more evil than others, because they have been around for longer time, and they got more greedy, developed new tricks to dupe u. yet u think u are so smart :D ... oh America its funny how u think u are so smart.. and the thing is, its too obvious for anyone with just a slight bit of intelligence now. just a bit of observing the situation in America and seeing that cancer rates are skyyyyrocketing. the disgusting pop music industry and media and prop 37 and GMO labelling. the poverty increasing, etc. all these are consequences of americans being addicted to this consumerism and this ugly lifestyle of wasting natural resources and polluting them, and the enslavement to employment and money.. this robotic lifestyle that westerners lead.. slaves to their jobs.. the Zionists agenda on a bigger scale is decreasing population in the entire earth. its not only aimed against arabs, and that's what arabs don't know. they think its only aimed at them.. it IS more particularly aimed at them but its not just them.... greed and arrogance has no limits when u think u are better than others. so calling such a thing a conspiracy theory is not inconcsiderate and disrespectful to arabs and eastern nations, it is most of all disrespectful to yourself. this arrogance speaks of nothing but of how dumb americans are, and have always been.. the whole world knows about this now.. they laugh at idiot America. yet americans think they smarter than all those "conspiracy theorists" ;)

OK, let's get back to the article.... YES, it was eye-opening to see how different the diets are across the globe. The American family did not have nearly enough fresh vegetables and fruit! Plus, I didn't notice "restaurant fast food" in any of the other countries' diets. Did anyone else notice that the German teenager looks pissed off?

its not at all the only thing that amazed me.... western cultures are based upon consumerism.. if u consume then u exist!. I noticed this because I lived in west recently, whereas most of my life I lived it in middle east when I was young. in my country there is not such huuuge ugly emphasis on material consumerism and material posessions.. also, in western countries the family is small but the food they buy feeds two other families along with them!!! and its all packaged processed food! I eat very simple basic whole grains and vegetables. I make my own bread so I can use natural sourdough.. that's why its so hard for me to understand how they can find this packaged food tasty.. soooo full of sugar, how can they tolerate it? I feel bad for 3 whole days if I consume too much sugar in just one piece of cake!

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