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Saturday, July 31. 2010
Thanks, Opie, for these photos with the data, which came in over the transom. I cannot source it, but kudos to whoever put this together. It is interesting not only to see the different sorts of families (extended, nuclear, large, small, desert, middle-class) but to see what they typically eat in a week.
Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide. Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07. (I guess that included the wine and beer)
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo. Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
On continuation page below, USA, Bhutan, Mexico, Poland, Chad, and Italy:
Bhutan: The Namgay family of
United States: The Revis family of
Mexico: The Casales family of
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna. Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27
Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp. Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23
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Might not be funny to some, but WTH. I laughed.
Bro's Before Ho's...
I have our entire family , my wife and two teenagers , fullu trained in dumpster diving. It has dramatically lowered our food bill in the last two years. Where we use to spend 300-400 week we now spend only about $50.
Forget Second Harvest, for get all that other stuff and open you eyes to the abundance of food thrown out the back door of most places that handle food in any form.
Dumpster diving is the way to go. And remember curbside trashcans are free for the picking and often contain old clothes and other serviceable items.
Recent research also show this aids in developing the immune system in what otherwise is an antiseptic world which opens you up to killer strains of runny noses and simple colds.
Almost all had Coke. Take that, Pepsi.
I was wondering about the Twinkies.
Cain't imagine the four Melanders eating all that food in a week.
And what me says, me says to all, where is the *beef*?
The Italian & Mexican spreads look especially tasty & healthy --
Pretty pathetic that the American family had so much packaged and prepared food.
Compare that to the Egyptian , Polish, Italian, Mexican or Bhutanese families chock full of veggies and fruits.
And we wonder why we are suck porkers?!?!?!
And the real dose of reality? The Chadian family. SIX people---and all they eat for a week pales in comparison to the wealth of abundance we have.
Great stuff! Thanks!
its made me feel quite peckish i think ill nip out for a big mac :-)
Sorry--once I counted how many persimmons the Italian family was eating in one week I began to question the authenticity of these pictures. Then there was also the question of how many limes can they consume in one week?
sorry--I have just learned to question everything that even suggests it came from a "liberal"source!
Almost everyone has tomatoes. I second apple pie, I wouldn't trust the pictures to give a "true" picture. Interesting none-the-less.
Where's the high protein redneck (most of the cost going for beer, shells, n barbecue sauce) diet?
And unless I missed it... not a speck of fast food anywhere.
Crap... except for the pizzas that is.
I hate my aging mind.
The "American" diet looked revolting, and nothing like what we eat in my house, thank God! The Egyptian and Italian ones looked the tastiest. But the Chadian one made me ashamed of my own greed. I think for Lent I may try and talk my family into spending no more than 100 a week for food and sending the difference betwen that and our usual extravagant Costco and Trader Joe's and Whole Foods shopping to Chad or somewhere where people aren't overfed like us. Shame on me for making myself endless lattes and scarfing lamb chops and ciabatta when they are living on relief rice.
I know, I know, I was just as smartalecky a kid as all of us, snarling "mail it to them" when exhorted as a kid to think of the starving kids in India. But these pictures convicted me right now. In "the Diary of a Country Priest" Bernanos writes about how one doesn't fall away from God all at once or even necessarily with a furious sudden decision to become wicked, disobedient, self-indulgent, etc. Rather, one slips away by degrees, carelessness, lack of focus, laziness, gradually turning further and further away....
"The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means."
"Faith is not a thing which one loses, we merely cease to shape our lives by it."
"Justice in the hands of the powerful is
merely a governing system like any other.
Why call it justice? Let us rather call it injustice,
but of a sly effective order, based entirely on
cruel knowledge of the resistance of the weak,
their capacity for pain, humiliation and misery."
"Our hidden sins poison the air that others breathe."
There's a wonderful cookbook put out by Mennonite missionaries called "More with Less" that I will dust off. Get it at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/More-Less-Cookbook-World-Community/dp/083619263X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1201832164&sr=8-1
It's motto is "live simply that others may simply live."
Forgive the morbid tone. I should be happy. One kid has got into college and gone off to start at mid year happily. Other just got accepted for the fall somewhere awesome. Perhaps my peevishness is just predictable mommyish angst examining her own life and fairly disgusted with her own lack of faith and discipline in recent years.
Congrats on the kid's good news, R -- it's a big giant feather in mom's cap and you know it!
Noble thoughts about the folks in Chad but most likely any money sent to them will be used by the political thiefs there much like most of our foreign aid. How about we send them crates of Iraqi captured ak-47's, ammo and heavy artillery so they can recapture their homeland? Instead of the next UN handout.
Dear R: Congratulations! I will post some instructions when I get a minute. In the meantime--keep them on track in their course selection. Saw an advertisement today for a quick/easy on campus BA degree: Community and leadership studies. WOW! Besides the class in beating the other side at meetings--what do you think they will get for 4 years and $100K? Nope--you keep em at it R: 3 sciences, math to/through intro to calculus and trig. Basic finance, basic accounting, grammar, lit, philosophy, history of the renaissance, etc.etc. No post it note degrees! We have another slang term for them on campus, but my memory slips now and then also.
As for how to help the poor on site: the Dutch do it this way--they walk the service to the village. I know Dutch doctors they tell me that the government no longer sends money--it will provide the service and the product on site one on one--no 3rd party intermediaries, or they don't get it!
Why did the Entire family form Ecuador (even the children, boys and girls, except the toddlers) wear those same funky hats? Are they all members of the same gang? Or is that a national uniform?
They also had the lowest food bill, except for the last family from Chad...$31.55/9 people = $3.51 per person! I can't eat one lunch for that amount...:(
Hi AP! Thanks. Agree about the rubbish some "study" these days. One of mine will get a classical education, if other one goes where I believe is best for her will have the most rigorous curriculum requirements I can imagine for anyone except perhaps an MIT astrophysicist who views the premed requirements as their fluff courses! Then again, her lazier friends here could tempt her to pc lit and lattes and oppression studies w them! Not if this.pushy mother can help it!
As to helping the poor, I've been poor and know what helps, what enables, what hurts. We only give anonymously to people near at hand or to our church and specific projects here and overseas that we or fellow worshipores have seen and worked on directly..
"And we wonder why we are suck porkers?!?!?!"
Junk science alert.
Thanks, Buddy. Have been a blathering verbose critter going thru the process!
Bottles of beer in the Germany photo, but no wine or beer consumed in Sicily? Anybody believe that?
Perfect charitable strategy R. My mom died in her mid eighties. She lived every day of her life believing that she could make life better with her own work, her own mind, her own spirit. It was not until she lost that "HOPE" that she slid quickly away from us. How do we give that to children--to communities?
Demanding responsible leadership is good. John DiIulio seemed to have the right stuff until The System made him cynical.
That German guy looks like Meathead. Wonder why Archie and Edith ain't in da picher.
Our weekly food display back when four kids were still in the house would have done those images proud, but now that there are just the two of us, any one of those tables would last us three weeks. We get sticker shock when the Grandkids gather at our place. :-)
It's typical propaganda from the anti-western, anti-consumption leftists.
"Look how little food people in developing nations need to be healthy and happy, now compare that to the waste from us BAD EVIL consumerist Americans and western Europeans".
I'm just across the border from Germany. A family of 4 here would not have a food purchase pattern like that.
Where's the milk? And why so many jars of jelly for on their bread (in addition to sausage and cheese?
A family of 4 might use 1 or 2 of jars a week, not 2 jars a day :)
The photos are the work of California photographer Peter Menzel - http://www.menzelphoto.com/
The photos are from his book "Hungry Planet - What the World Eats".