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At the TEDxMelbourne conference, Greg Smith presented on the concerning trends of our world commodities and he included photos from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats which is an impressive collection of photos – a comparative photo-chronicle – of their visits to 30 families in 24 countries for 600 meals in all.

It was created by photographer Peter Menzel and author-journalist Faith D’Alusio.

“It features pictures of each family with a week’s worth of food purchases; weekly food-intake lists with costs noted; typical family recipes; and illuminating essays, such as “Diabesity,” on the growing threat of obesity and diabetes. Among the families, we meet the Mellanders, a German household of five who enjoy cinnamon rolls, chocolate croissants, and beef roulades, and whose weekly food expenses amount to $500. We also encounter the Natomos of Mali, a family of one husband, his two wives, and their nine children, whose corn and millet-based diet costs $26.39 weekly.”

Enjoy some of the photos in the slideshare below.

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