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(Daily Mail)   What a week of groceries costs you around the world. Booze and smokes ain't cheap   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 280
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2013-05-06 12:06:42 AM
I wonder why the article is calling The Hungry Planet a new book. It's was released in 2007.
 
2013-05-06 12:16:03 AM
Interesting stuff.  It's amazing to see the difference between real food items vs pre-packaged stuff in the developing world vs. the developed.  Outside of the families from Chad and Mali the ones in less developed areas actually seem to be eating pretty well, especially in terms of what they get for the money. Of course, without knowing how much those amounts compare to the average income per family it's hard to tell how 'cheap' it really is.
 
2013-05-06 12:26:06 AM
I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.
 
2013-05-06 12:29:54 AM

indeebud: I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.


Heh, I didn't even notice that the first time through.  Wow.  It's also interesting how people in many places still buy bread in big uncut loaves, and how much of it they buy.  I think I buy bread maybe once a month.
 
2013-05-06 01:05:54 AM
Britain gives me hope that America will look good by comparison.  Yeesh!
Ok, Luxemburg, Dad is holding the chicken, supposedly, because you'll eat it.  So why is Jr. holding the dog...
Way to fight stereotypes, Black family.  *facepalm*
The Austrailian woman in the middle looks like she can't wait to eat all that meat...
Mongolian dad looks like a BOSS.
Glob damn, Italy! There's more to life than bread and tomatoes. That bread looks good, though.
Ecuadorians be eatin' some bananas!
Guatemala looks like my kind of people.  Need more fish in there.
Germany, your kid looks pissed.  Is that a boy or a girl? Mom and dad are knocking back the alcohol, too.
Mexico... you're drinking WAY too much coke, bro.
Aaaaand United States.  Finally.  It's about as bad as I thought it would be.  Damn it. The little girl even looks like a pig.
To the seated French girl, "How YOU doin'?"
LOL Greenland.  Respect.
 
2013-05-06 01:44:14 AM

indeebud: I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.


The German table is amazing - OUR FOOD WILL BE ORDERLY.
 
2013-05-06 02:17:53 AM

Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the article is calling The Hungry Planet a new book. It's was released in 2007.


yeah, weird. someone probably had a deadline due and dug this story up.

here's the original greenlight from 2007
 
2013-05-06 02:19:16 AM
The Casales family from Cuernavaca drinks a lot of Coke.
 
2013-05-06 03:10:14 AM
How in the hell do you spend $2000/month on food for four people without eating out like 20 times?
 
2013-05-06 07:05:48 AM
Mongolia is eating really well on a decent budget. Not that I know the wages there to compare by, but I would eat like a king for a long time if I resettled with some savings.
 
2013-05-06 07:33:36 AM
After seeing the Greenland spread I don't want to know what's in those urns...some kind of fermented Lovecraftian monstrosity, no doubt.
 
2013-05-06 07:42:34 AM
Well, from what i see there, the countries that spend more on food eat a lot more crap that only LOOKS like food.
 
2013-05-06 07:47:29 AM
hmm those prices look a little exaggerated to me. My family of 3 adults usually spends about $150 a week. give or take a few bucks.
 
2013-05-06 07:50:00 AM
I spend about 400 a month on groceries for two of us. I couldn't ever see spending a grand or more.
 
2013-05-06 07:50:46 AM
This is why I have no sympathy for people who say food is too expensive. Stop buying pre made meals and fast food and learn to cook you fat assholes. It's cheaper, healthier, and tases better when you figure it out
 
2013-05-06 07:51:26 AM

vartian: indeebud: I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.

The German table is amazing - OUR FOOD WILL BE ORDERLY.


I also love how they have their alcohol honestly displayed.

/other than that I remember this from years ago so was confused if they did it again.
 
2013-05-06 07:52:27 AM
They all look fat.

//Relative to their countries.
 
2013-05-06 07:54:40 AM
Two pizzas a week?  Holy shiat.
 
2013-05-06 07:54:50 AM

indeebud: I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.


Not sure what that is, but it's not a penguin. I guess it's some kind of bird, but I doubt they traverse 3/4 of the globe to get their groceries. Greenland is northern hemisphere. Penguins are southern. Unless they got it from a zoo. It would explain the Kansas City zoo.
 
2013-05-06 07:56:07 AM

indeebud: I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.


Yep.


Honest Bender: Ecuadorians be eatin' some bananas!


Palntains.
 
2013-05-06 07:56:56 AM
Nice joke, US. Now put away all the crap and show some vegetables. Even canned ones will do. The Caven family (4 people) seems to eat 3 pieces of broccoli, 3 large potatoes and a bag of frozen (?) peas a week. There is fruit but where are the rest of the vegetables? What do you eat the other 5 days? And the Revis family, 5 cans of (what I assume are) vegetables, 2 tomatoes and whatever else is in that basket a week for 4 people? I wouldn't last a week alone with those vegetables.
 
2013-05-06 07:58:05 AM
Count the number of kids the Kuwaiti family has. Mrs. Kuwaiti has a pretty big smile for a married woman in that culture...
 
2013-05-06 07:58:59 AM

DerAppie: Nice joke, US. Now put away all the crap and show some vegetables. Even canned ones will do. The Caven family (4 people) seems to eat 3 pieces of broccoli, 3 large potatoes and a bag of frozen (?) peas a week. There is fruit but where are the rest of the vegetables? What do you eat the other 5 days? And the Revis family, 5 cans of (what I assume are) vegetables, 2 tomatoes and whatever else is in that basket a week for 4 people? I wouldn't last a week alone with those vegetables.


You know how I know you're not from America?
 
2013-05-06 08:00:34 AM

Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the article is calling The Hungry Planet a new book. It's was released in 2007.


I came to mention that I'd seen this article with the very same pictures years ago.
 
2013-05-06 08:00:55 AM

awalkingecho: DerAppie: Nice joke, US. Now put away all the crap and show some vegetables. Even canned ones will do. The Caven family (4 people) seems to eat 3 pieces of broccoli, 3 large potatoes and a bag of frozen (?) peas a week. There is fruit but where are the rest of the vegetables? What do you eat the other 5 days? And the Revis family, 5 cans of (what I assume are) vegetables, 2 tomatoes and whatever else is in that basket a week for 4 people? I wouldn't last a week alone with those vegetables.

You know how I know you're not from America?


As an American, I'm very interested in hearing your answer.
 
2013-05-06 08:01:54 AM

Gdalescrboz: This is why I have no sympathy for people who say food is too expensive. Stop buying pre made meals and fast food and learn to cook you fat assholes. It's cheaper, healthier, and tases better when you figure it out


I don't know. I think my food bill went up when I started shopping on the outside of the aisles only (produce, meats, dairy  breads). A good hamburger with fresh ingredient is more expensive than hamburger helper. The ingredients for a homemade pizza is the same or more than a frozen one. Almonds and dried fruit trail mix for snacks is probably 3-5x a serving what poptarts or oreos are.
 
2013-05-06 08:05:09 AM
Jesus, the Mexicans have enough coke to give a horse diabeetus.
 
2013-05-06 08:05:41 AM

DerAppie: Nice joke, US. Now put away all the crap and show some vegetables. Even canned ones will do. The Caven family (4 people) seems to eat 3 pieces of broccoli, 3 large potatoes and a bag of frozen (?) peas a week. There is fruit but where are the rest of the vegetables? What do you eat the other 5 days? And the Revis family, 5 cans of (what I assume are) vegetables, 2 tomatoes and whatever else is in that basket a week for 4 people? I wouldn't last a week alone with those vegetables.


Yeah I don't get it either. I couldn't subsist on frozen pizza and other stuff that is comprised mostly of white flour and/or corn...how do people eat a frozen pizza and not get hungry an hour later? I'm not even a teenage boy or anything...I am a small woman and if I don't eat decent food I am pretty much nonfunctional and constantly hungry.
 
2013-05-06 08:07:08 AM

indeebud: I loved how Greenland slapped a bloodied, clubbed and unprocessed Penguin onto their table display when all the other countries concentrated on making their processed food look pretty.


How'd they get a hold of a penguin in Greenland? Maybe from the zoo (do they have zoo's?).

Sarcasm aside, I think Inuits have a more natural relation to food (like the Mongolians it appears) and don't feel like they need to present it in some unnatural processed form.

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German family sure likes beer and wine. :)
 
2013-05-06 08:08:30 AM
I like how Canada was represented by an RCMP officer up in Nunavut. First of all, being Nunavut, food is outrageously expensive due to the remoteness of the place. Secondly, the RCMP officer will be getting the best possible food (compared to the locals) due to their getting paid significantly extra to work in the arctic.

I guess TFA doesn't mention anything about these being typical grocery bills of each country. I am left wondering if these other families from areas of the world I know little about are as typical as the Canadians.
 
2013-05-06 08:08:49 AM
I call bullshiat on the French family, 2 bottles of wine a week? Not any French Family I've ever known.

/OK it is only 2 families but they went through 2 bottles a day. One at lunch one at dinner.
 
2013-05-06 08:09:56 AM

gambitsgirl: I also love how they have their alcohol honestly displayed.

/other than that I remember this from years ago so was confused if they did it again.


Because in Europe you're not viewed as an alcoholic if you have a drink or 2 everyday.

Seriously go to Germany, go to a cafe at 7am and it is not unusual to see people(usually old men) drinking beer...unless things have changed in the past 5 years or so since I've been back.
 
2013-05-06 08:10:33 AM
Amazing, it's almost as if by eating real food and not processed crap, you can eat more cheaply, and be more healthy.
 
2013-05-06 08:11:13 AM

Gdalescrboz: This is why I have no sympathy for people who say food is too expensive. Stop buying pre made meals and fast food and learn to cook you fat assholes. It's cheaper, healthier, and tases better when you figure it out


The problem is that if you live in mainland Denmark you can't just get a "pile'o'meat" for 10USD at the supermarket. If you could like in Greenland I'd be all over it.

What you do have, if you're living on a budget, it frozen pizzas and chicken. 30USD steaks isn't in my budget.
 
2013-05-06 08:11:24 AM

awalkingecho: Mongolia is eating really well on a decent budget. Not that I know the wages there to compare by, but I would eat like a king for a long time if I resettled with some savings.


Having lived in Ulaanbaatar, let me tell you, those people are vegetarians by Mongolian standards.  The average Mongolian family would have the table in their display topped by a mountain of mutton.
 
2013-05-06 08:11:32 AM

rvabenji: Gdalescrboz: This is why I have no sympathy for people who say food is too expensive. Stop buying pre made meals and fast food and learn to cook you fat assholes. It's cheaper, healthier, and tases better when you figure it out

I don't know. I think my food bill went up when I started shopping on the outside of the aisles only (produce, meats, dairy  breads). A good hamburger with fresh ingredient is more expensive than hamburger helper. The ingredients for a homemade pizza is the same or more than a frozen one. Almonds and dried fruit trail mix for snacks is probably 3-5x a serving what poptarts or oreos are.


Problem 1. Buying hamburger helper, stop it, now.
Problem 2. The ingredient for a home made pizza IS more expensive than a frozen pizza. However, you should get at least 3 pizzas out of those individual items.
Problem 3. I don't know what kind of trail mix you are buying but they aren't more expensive that Oreos let alone 3-5 times more.

I follow a Paleo diet and spend ~350/month and I never buy frozen per made meals or junk food like Oreos. I think the real difference is that I just care what I'm putting in my body.
 
2013-05-06 08:13:09 AM
there's no beans or smokes in ANY of those pics.  what gives
 
2013-05-06 08:13:21 AM
England: A box of Mar's bars, seriously??
 
2013-05-06 08:13:27 AM

liam76: Honest Bender: Ecuadorians be eatin' some bananas!

Palntains.


Plantains ARE bananas.  "No clear cultivar definition exists."
 
2013-05-06 08:13:37 AM
Since I missed the earlier article, I wasn't upset about seeing it.

/Glad this didn't turn into another who'shiattable thread
 
2013-05-06 08:13:59 AM

awalkingecho: DerAppie: Nice joke, US. Now put away all the crap and show some vegetables. Even canned ones will do. The Caven family (4 people) seems to eat 3 pieces of broccoli, 3 large potatoes and a bag of frozen (?) peas a week. There is fruit but where are the rest of the vegetables? What do you eat the other 5 days? And the Revis family, 5 cans of (what I assume are) vegetables, 2 tomatoes and whatever else is in that basket a week for 4 people? I wouldn't last a week alone with those vegetables.

You know how I know you're not from America?


My rugged good looks, charm and general attractiveness?
 
2013-05-06 08:14:46 AM
The US one is embarrassing but very true for most families here. I've stopped buying so much processed foods and now most of my groceries consist of fresh fruit and veg, dried fruit, raw nuts & seeds, grains, and small amounts of meats & fish. The only processed foods we can't seem to live without are cereal, goldfish crackers, yogurt & clif bars. I spend about $100 a week or less for a family of 3. Not bad considering I used to spend $150 a week for only 2 people.
 
2013-05-06 08:15:37 AM

Teknowaffle: Jesus, the Mexicans have enough coke to give a horse diabeetus.


Have you missed out on all the fark threads where people talk about how much better Mexican coke is than the variety sold in the US?  There are freaking webpages touting it and guides to how to get it in the USA.
 
2013-05-06 08:15:41 AM

spawn73: Gdalescrboz: This is why I have no sympathy for people who say food is too expensive. Stop buying pre made meals and fast food and learn to cook you fat assholes. It's cheaper, healthier, and tases better when you figure it out

The problem is that if you live in mainland Denmark you can't just get a "pile'o'meat" for 10USD at the supermarket. If you could like in Greenland I'd be all over it.

What you do have, if you're living on a budget, it frozen pizzas and chicken. 30USD steaks isn't in my budget.


My comment was directed at my fellow Americans. Every fat person you meet in the US will tell you it's to expensive to eat healthy or it's not their fault they are fat. Every. Single. One.
 
2013-05-06 08:16:32 AM

vartian:
The German table is amazing - OUR FOOD WILL BE ORDERLY.


Right on the money... I especially fancy how they've segregated the meat and vegtables.
 
2013-05-06 08:17:28 AM
The last time I tried to pay in British pounds I got thrown in jail with the two-dollar bill Taco Bell guy, so I'm skeptical about the US entries. But I'm down with the two pizza family. My kind of people.
 
2013-05-06 08:17:43 AM

Gdalescrboz: I follow a Paleo diet and spend ~350/month and I never buy frozen per made meals or junk food like Oreos. I think the real difference is that I just care what I'm putting in my body.



You really shouldn't be be smug about your fad diet.
 
2013-05-06 08:18:29 AM
I thought the egyptian table looked pretty appetizing. If we subsidized our vegetables instead of corn and cotton we'd have a much better diet.
 
2013-05-06 08:19:06 AM

calbert: Bathia_Mapes: I wonder why the article is calling The Hungry Planet a new book. It's was released in 2007.

yeah, weird. someone probably had a deadline due and dug this story up.

here's the original greenlight from 2007


OK, yeah, I thought this was a repeat from a year or so ago with maybe updated info.
 
2013-05-06 08:19:23 AM
I can't believe how many of those photos had soda in. Do people really purchase multiple bottles of soda as GROCERIES every week?

/probably had the same bottle of ginger ale in my house for 6 months.
 
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