We Are What We Eat?

Sometimes, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

We think this photo essay, “What the World Eats, Part I,” from Time Magazine speaks volumes. Among the piles of articles we (and I’m sure many of you) read in a given week, this photo montage is the kind of piece that stays with you. Long after we put it down (or closed the browser window), reflections continued to surface as we went about our day here.

From a traditional MDA perspective, we were struck by not only what the collective grocery items say about each culture’s diet, but also by the relative cost and what we choose to pay for in each society. Finally, some photos were all too telling with the comparative “volume” of food that feeds each family.

From a not-so-typical MDA stance (if you’ll allow us the liberty), we found ourselves fascinated by this photo essay’s window into the cultural and, well, simply human experience of food – in its traditional significance and regional roots, its healthfulness and indulgence, its necessity and scarcity. It’s a view that is, at once, intimate and universal.

We hope that you enjoy it as much as we did and that you’ll share your impressions.

shnaider sem Flickr Photo (CC)

Further Reading:

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple – January 2008

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  1. What I walked away with, it seemed like the more ‘western’ the family, the more packaged/processed crap they ate. Then with the more ‘non western’ families, and the diet is nearly dominated by veggies.

    And no matter where you go, people love soft drinks!

  2. Soft drinks is right. Did you see how many jugs of soda some families drink every week!? Amazing.