What the world eats

What the world eats

A gallery of “food expenditure for one week, around the world”:http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1626519_1373664,00.html.

About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.
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6 Responses to What the world eats

  1. Chirol says:

    Saw this some time ago. Quite disturbing actually. But you notice the same when traveling

  2. Curzon says:

    Yeah, I second that. Disturbing…

  3. random african says:

    what’s disturbing is that people in a refugee camp, in a semi-desertic war-torn region are choosen to represent a whole continent.

    they choose some fairly middle-class people in the rest of the world.

  4. shane says:

    I wonder if the US$500 spent by that German family included all of the beer and wine bottles lined up on the table…. As for the African refugees (and the families in Bhutan and Ecuador), the lack of pre-processed packaged foods speaks volumes about the quality of their diets compared to the junk-food loving “middle class”. (And if you were to publish their diets as a book in California with a catchy title, it would probably be a best-seller!)

  5. Chirol says:

    Shane: Beer is actually very very cheap here in Germany. You can get .5l for between 60 and 70 cents from the super market. Bottle water can be as cheap as 10 or 20 cents for a liter too. Wine is also cheap…all of which I’ll miss in the US

  6. devildog6771 says:

    Ny ex-husband was from El Salvador. $400.00 a year was the average income at the time we met. I, too, am disturbed by the photos. But keep in mind that everything is also relative. All of these families might consider themselves middle class and be reasonable content.

    Where people make their mistakes with different cultures is in assuming they are dissatisfied with their life because we see theirs as substandard with regards to our own lifestyle. Contentment, to them may be measured differently. What determines quality of life is the ability to hope, live life free from oppression, and worship freely, have food, clothing, and shelter.

    Many times more advanced cultures destroy indigenous cultures in an effort to help them “advance.” What is forgotten is change must be slow enough to allow those indigenous folk to adapt socially and not lose themselves in the process.

    Making the tools available for better education and health care is in my opinion the better path. Maybe that is why I am so much of a”Star Trek” fan. I really believe if we had an equivalent of a “Prime Directive” that on an international level was strictly adhered to, many of the world’s problems would not exist. But, alas, greed the need for local resources, and good intentions all aide in blocking such an idealistic approach. Too bad.

    As far as leveling out the playing field as so many of the world’s Socialists want to do, it sounds good on paper. But, millions have died trying to implement it. People need goals to achieve. They need failures to learn from. They need competition to motivate [at times]. They need hope to keep them going during difficult times. Socialistic Utopias are all devoid of these. They also allow more opportunity for th e evil and the greedy to seize control of power. There are no checks and balances. There is no real connection or input from the people governed!