January 9

Dear Division 16,

You may have seen the book, “Hungry Planet” in the stack of books we looked at last week for our project research.  It’s a project where a photographer, Peter Menzel, went around the world to take photographs of families with the amount and type of food they would eat in a typical week.  He asked them what their favourite meals were and how much money they spent on food in a typical week.

The photographs are very interesting to compare.  Please read the article here:


and review each of the 28 pictures, which you can do by clicking the arrows at the bottom right hand side of the photographs.

In your post this week, please respond to the photographs by answering one of the following questions:

  1. What factors do you think might explain the diversity of food among the different pictures?  Explain and give examples
  2. What are some inferences you might draw about the transportation of food around the world? For this, you may need to consider this post and the information from January 5th assignment.

I look forward to your responses,



  1. The Baconator

    I think that these images showed so much diversity because of different tradition in different countries. Some families might not eat meat and some might eat some foods I have never seen or even head of. I also think a reason is because of where they live. If you live in a place that isn’t very wealthy they won’t be able to import a wide variety of foods meaning that the people in that country won’t be exposed to different foods

    • dickensdiv16

      I think this is a really interesting point about tradition – you’re right, there are a lot of traditions that are religious, regional or resulting from the kind of food historically grown in the region!

  2. lordofthepies05

    One factor that contributes to some people having more food and some having less is that one family may live in a remote villiage where getting a job is a huge deal and another family living in the middle of a more modernized place where getting the money to buy food is not as hard.

    • dickensdiv16

      Employment and the ability to earn money are a really significant factor in being able to afford food – I agree! I wonder whether the ability of individuals to purchase food contributes to the importing choices of the county or region!

  3. Arcticfox

    1# A factor would be the difference in the land. As in the land somewhere might me drier because its hotter there witch means they would have to grow different foods. Also in i noticed that in the Greenland one they ate polar bears and skinned seals. Witch i’m certain you cannot ship across to any other place witch also affects theirs and our food choices.

    • dickensdiv16

      Great point, Arcticfox. I think it’s true that the kind of agriculture possible on land can make a real difference in terms of what kind of food is available without import. I also think that it’s interesting to think about countries that border the ocean and how that changes the availability and type of food!

  4. Xaxo045

    I think that the reason for the different amount of food shown in each photo is because that wealthier countries will import more therefore more food can be obtained. Also because the country’s like Germany and Norway probably also support well paying jobs so when you get more food plus good paying jobs that means that each household should in theory have more food than other poorer countries.

    • dickensdiv16

      Importing food has a huge impact on what is available for the population of a country. I agree that family income will profoundly affect their ability to buy food. How typical do you think the featured families in Germany and Norway are of all families in those countries?

  5. super cheese cake

    #1 The reason that different types of food shown on different pictures is that each country has different types of weather and different types of fruits and vegetables that could be grown there. Some places are hotter, its better for mangos and guavas. Some places are colder and its better for apples and pears.

  6. Flying Mandarins

    #1 Some places like United States has lots of packaged food in the picture. In Egypt has less packaged food then other countries. Also if you compare the weekly food spending per week, the more money the family spend you find more convenient food on the table.

  7. purple pom-poms

    #1 Many factors effect the food shown in the photos. Four things that I believe are important are: Their culture because they eat different foods and because of their taste and their local food choices (Italian foods normally include pastas, pizzas, etc. or Japanese foods includes sushi, soups, etc.) Differences in the photos also relates to their wealth and what they can afford. Wealthy, developed countries seem to have a lot more processed foods then fruits or/and veggies. As where less developed/ rural areas have more locally grown foods. Depending on where they live, sometimes its harder to get more food or processed/ packaged foods. In other places that are not as wealthy or outside of cities, those kinds of foods aren’t available, so they grow food themselves or get it from local markets or farms. Food choices may also be effected by shopping habits. Do they buy their food daily? or buy their food in bulk which requires storage or/and refrigeration. There is likely other factors but these are the ones I thought were important.

  8. crazymemeslol123

    #1 well the factors are that families have different choices of food they want to eat for example if you really like a fruit or veggie you would buy it because its healthy or if a family say has a craving for chips they would buy it not only for hunger but it’s if they like chips or other types of junk food/drink they would buy it or if they are allergic then you wouldn’t be able to eat some things but its mostly locally foods around there area (cereal at USA )( sashimi at japan) cultural or traditional either way all is local to them.

  9. Touchdown

    1# I saw diversity in the photos when I saw the price range I found that all of the photos had a different price range. What I also thought was the quality of food varied. Like in photo 12 I saw the bananas in the from and they looked ether too ripe or very under ripe.

  10. smeagaleater10

    I think that one of the factors is the location. For example the family from Inuit’s favourite food is polar bear and narwhal. I think the reason that these animals are on their favourites list is because they are easily accessible in their area. Another factor is food scarcity. For example the family in Mali have scarce meat ergo they think of their nuts and seeds as main source of protein. The last factor that I am going to mention is transportation. Grains and seeds appear in many diets where transportation is difficult or dangerous, because these grains are cheap and easy to transport in large amounts.

  11. Amythest

    2. This isn’t answering the question, but I noticed in the majority of the photos the families had a balance of all the food groups. My inference is, that the transportation around the world all affects how wealthy the place is for example Austria is at the bottom so they might not be as wealthy as other places, and the United States is at the top because they’re quite wealthy, and can afford a lot more than everywhere else.

  12. Pink Pickle

    #2 I think that poorer countries don’t get as much food shipped to them as rich countries because the more wealthy countries will be able to pay more for the imports than poor countries would, so poor countries would have to rely on their own farm land to grow food and if they had bad farmland like in the African family in the beginning they would have to portion there food amongst there family no matter how much food they have.


    I think a main factor is climate. I noticed all the countries with a hot, humid and energy sucking climate were the families that ate the healthiest most energy and stamina giving food. This is because they have to make sure they can stay strong and work hard

  14. Spamlington

    1. I think that the two main factors in the difference of the foods were culture and poverty. I think culture is a big part of it because as you see in the photos, the people who were from countries that you wouldn’t think of to have a certain type of food (America, the UK, Canada) seemed to be eating a lot of what we would call normal food, where as countries like France or India were eating more traditional food. Another of the reasons why the food might be so different between countries is poverty, as I mentioned before. I think this because if you see in the pictures, there is kind of basic food and not a lot of it when it comes to the poorer countries, and that’s very different from the rest of the world,.

  15. the Time traveler

    The big difference I noticed in the food that the people were consuming was that people from poorer countries ate more vegetables and healthier food and people from wealthier countries like the US had more junk food and fewer vegetables. Also poor countries had more grains than other foods.

  16. Soccerboy123ABC

    #1 I think that places like Egypt and Ecuador have a lot of space so they are able to grow more food for themselves and buy the rest of what they need . At first whename I looked at these two I noticed how much money they were spending and I wondered how could they get so much food for so little then I looked at where the photo was taken and I realized the background of the picture had so many open fields for planting there own food.

  17. GamingPickle84

    #1 a big factor of the diversity of the food is what they can get for their money like in Nunavut they had narwhal and polar bear compared to what the people in Bangladesh had which was rice and beans.and there was a really big difference in the amount of money spent $1.25-$865.

  18. the engineer

    #1One of the factors relies on the amount of money spent on the different foods. For example, the family who lived in Chad paid about one dollar on food for a week. The family in Norway spent over 730 dollars. Another factor is location. Different people eat different foods depending on where they live. Japanese people eat a lot of fish judging from the picture of the Japanese family. The family from Greenland eat narwhal and seal which you wouldn’t find in Japan.

  19. Joaquin

    #1 I think there are many factors that would explain diversity seen in the pictures in this project. One factor would be where the family is living and what their earnings are- how much money do they have for food. Another is accessibility, do they live close to a supermarket or in a central location with markets around where they can buy different food. Some people live in remote areas where they only have the food that they grow and hunt for, this will affect what they can eat.

  20. Sushi Monster

    #2 An inferences that I might make about transportation is that it looks like the families with more fancy things in the background have more shipped food. Often if you are pretty wealthy you can afford lots of shipped foods. For an example the family living in the Breidjing Camp that only spent $1.23 i’m guessing they didn’t buy any transported food cause when your in poverty you often cant afford shipped food.

  21. sparkle sloth

    #2 I think that for some of them it looked like they grew a lot of their own food and one family even had a chicken, so they could get organic eggs; other families looked like they bought a lot of food that probably was from somewhere else, so it had to be imported; and some families had lots of factory-made thing that are not very good for you. Another thing i noticed was there was a lot of carbs in their meals, like bread and rice; in some cases, I’m guessing they had lots of that because things like rice are very cheap, and if you don’t have a lot of money, it is not the worst idea.

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