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What The World Eats

time_slide1The Internet can bring us together in a virtual sense, but there remains a huge gap in the way people around the world eat.

Photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D’Aluisio brought us Hungry Planet and What the World Eats a few years ago when they visited 25 countries and photographed nearly as many families and 600 of their meals.  This time around the pair joined forces for What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets in which they spotlight 80 individuals from 30 countries and their average daily food consumption.  The results may surprise you.

TIME Online offers a stunning collection of 16 of these images along with a detailed breakdown of each person’s daily caloric intake in a slideshow on their website.

If nothing else I would hope that looking through the photographs will make you more aware of all of the food that you are consuming every day. There are still people in the world who survive on a diet of cornmeal and sour milk and we complain when we don’t have enough choices.  We live in a society that affords us endless opportunities and even the poor have choices about what they eat.

What will you choose today?  Whatever it is, take the time to be aware; stop eating on autopilot, slap yourself out of the food coma and make the choice to be food conscious.  You might be amazed at what you can learn about yourself.

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