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This Is What A Week’s Worth Of Food For A Family Looks Like In Seven Places Around The World
February 3, 2013
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Yegeghus, Armenia (Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Panos)

Oxfam has put out some fascinating - and provocative - photos showing families around the world with all the food they eat in a week.

The organization doesn't provide information on how the families, who come from seven different countries, were chosen, or what method was used to calculate a week's supply of food. But the pictures do provide an interesting window into how some individual families in various countries sustain themselves.

As you might expect, the diet is very different from place to place.

Inhabitat suggests that of all the photos, "perhaps most shocking is the image from the United Kingdom. The only photo in the series to depict a family from the developed western world highlights the prevalence of processed foods."

The UK family pictured, the Kerrs, rely on a charity food bank, which may explain the prevalence of processed goods. Ian Kerr left his job to become a full-time carer for his son Jay-J.

London, UK (Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith/Oxfam)

But the differences that the pictures portray aren't just about the type of food people eat. They also involve the amount that is available.

As this report on worldwide food trends from the Independent UK states, "nearly a billion people are living a hand-to-mouth-existence."

It goes on to say that "there is a deep injustice in the way food is grown and distributed. The world's poorest people spend 50-90 per cent of their income on food, compared with just 10-15 per cent in developed countries."

Gutu, Zimbabwe (Photo: Annie Bungeroth/Oxfam)

These photos are intended to raise awareness about the challenges facing the world's food system. The Oxfam site says the goal of the photo series is to convince people that "we can all help to make the food system fairer for everyone."

They link to this page, featuring "Five principles for feeding the planet": reduce food waste, give small scale food producers a good deal, cook smart to avoid wasting energy, buy food in season, and eat less meat and dairy.

Kaftarkhana, Tajikistan (Photo: Andy Hall/Oxfam)

Mecha, Ethiopia (Photo: Tom Pietrasik/Oxfam)

Shahveller, Azerbaijan (Photo: David Levene/Oxfam)

Vavuniya, Sri Lanka (Photo: Abir Abdullah/Oxfam)

For more information about fighting hunger, you can visit the World Food Programme site. George is Canada's first Ambassador Against Hunger for the WFP.

Via Inhabitat


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