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11:02 am: Hungry Planet - What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio
I first heard of this from Rivka's review and she was not happy that it didn't point out the nutrition, or lack thereof. I was still interested enough to check it out of the library and noted that someone else must have gotten hungry while they read it because the remains of a cracker, oil and all, were smushed between two pages.

The difference in what a family eats in a week varies dramatically, not too unexpectedly. It was the smaller changes that really got me. In the US, a woman says she's trying to get away from canned and packaged food, but almost all her food is packaged. In rescue camps, they get just barely enough to survive, but can work to buy vegetables. Aren't vegetables necessary?

The book includes stats on each area covered including the price of a Big Mac, if there are any, and even if you're not interested in that, the photos are really great.



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Date:February 22nd, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
Aren't vegetables necessary?

Surprisingly, no, depending on what else you're eating. There are a number of cultures that subsist on meat, or meat and dairy.
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Date:February 22nd, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC)
Okay, per person per day in a Chad refugee camp:

15oz cereal, such as sorghum or millet
1 Tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
Slightly less than 1/4 cup of pulses
Slightly less than 1/4 cup of CSB - a corn/soy blend
Slightly less than 1/4 of vegetable oil

This is about 2100 calories a day.

The amount per person is the same no matter the age or health, they apportion it out in the family themselves.
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Date:February 23rd, 2007 11:52 am (UTC)
I still maintain that the German family budget should feed several families well; not surprising that a good chunk of it seems to go on Herbalife (eg diet) products.

The last point, however, makes me wonder how 'typical' that family is; I hope that it would skew the statistics.
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