Monthly Archives: February 2018

Food Insecurity is not a purely a class issue

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      Browsing and then deeply scanning through Hungry Planet, I was struck (but not surprised) by the difference in which the world eats. Sitting from my privileged vantage point, it is so easy to look for the processed versus unprocessed food, the quantity versus the quality. One would like to think that the developed world would have more… Read more »

Understanding world hunger cases: Mali and France compared.

What do people eat around the world and how much do they spend on their diet and how do they transport and prepare the food? are some of the questions that Peter Menzel, a photojournalist, set out to answer. In his photo-essay he captures the habits of families in different countries, cultures, and traditions by showing their family set-up, their… Read more »

Hungry Planet Comparison of the United States and Chad

    In Peter Menzel and Faith D’Alusio’s Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, through the medium of photographs, rich stories of many cultures surface as well as contrasting themes of economic access to nutrition and/or lack of dietary variety is immediately apparent.   The photos not only provide a glimpse into the food culture of different countries but also a… Read more »

Hungry Planet Japan/China Comparison

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Peter Menzel’s photographic essay, Hungry Planet, compares what the typical family eats in different countries around the world. The photos and captions shown allow the reader to see what is in their diet, how much it costs per week, and other hints about lifestyle in that country. I chose to compare Japan, a developed country, with China, a developing country…. Read more »

Food Disparity in Hungry Planet

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        To many it is common knowledge that there is a vast disparity of food security across the world. Peter Menzel’s photographic essay, “Hungry Planet”, brings this disparity to life by showing the differing food expenditures of families across the world. Of particular interest to me was the Aboubakar family of the Breidjing Camp in Chad and… Read more »

Hungry Planet: Great Britain & Guatemala

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The access to food greatly differs between families in Great Britain and Guatemala. Affluent countries like Great Britain have access to a variety of food that is not native to the area. For instance, in the photo of the Bainton family, there was processed food, chocolate, avocado, and bananas. Since these foods aren’t produced in Great Britain, I was informed… Read more »

From Rome to Timbuktu

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The distance between these two cities is less than two thousand miles, about the same distance as Seattle to Detroit. Separating these capitals, and their respective countries of Italy and Mali, are a sea, a desert, and a complex system of trade, aid, and political power. As a result, the differences to a common family’s weekly food supply are vast…. Read more »

Hungry Planet Blog Post

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I chose the United States and the People’s Republic of China as my nations to compare and contrast. Political and economic factors play a significant role in explaining the differences between Menzel’s pictures regarding American food systems and Chinese food systems. This point is made evident primarily through the picture taken in Weitaiwu Village, in which a group of people… Read more »

Hungry Planet: USA and Guatemala

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I chose a family in the developed world with a relatively low budget, $159.18 per week, and a developing world family with a relatively high budget, $75.70 per week, at least compared with other countries in their “developed” and “developing” groupings. In the US family I see an overwhelming amount of processed foods—frozen pizzas, corndogs and quick fix meals like… Read more »

U.S. and Chad

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For my essay, I compared the food consumption and spending of the Revis family in North Carolina, and the Aboubakar family living in a refugee camp in Chad. The Revis family’s average spending was $317.25, and was made up of a large amount of processed or instant foods, take out, and foods that are full of preservatives and sugars, which are… Read more »