In the brilliant book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, photographer Peter Menzel and journalist Faith D’Aluisio visited 30 families in 24 countries and photographed each with a week’s worth of food purchases.
The resulting photos provide a stark visual record of the fact that as soon as a nation moves above the poverty line, real food is increasingly shunned in favour of processed.
They are also a graphic illustration of why rates of chronic illness have skyrocketed over the last 50 years.
In the photo above, a family from Ecuador is posing with a week’s worth of food – and it actually looks like food.
Unlike the weekly “spread” of the US family depicted below…
You can view a selection of other photos from the book at the Food Matters TV website.