Faraway: Get Out of Your World
One week’s worth of food
Could you spread your family’s weekly food supply across your coffee table? The Josephyan family in the above photo live in Yegeghus, Armenia. Their weekly food supply includes wheat flour, dried split peas, sugar, and cooking oil. The family supplements their diet with eggs laid by their chickens and wild greens from the fields.
This family is one of seven featured by Oxfam in an article entitled, 7 photos that reveal what families eat in one week, from January 23, 2013, posted by Anna Kramer. The other six families are from: Shahveller, Azerbaijan; Vavuniya, Sri Lanka; Mecha, Ethiopia; London, UK; Kaftarkhana, Tajikistan; and Gutu, Zimbabwe.
Here is an excerpt from Ms. Kramer’s report:
How much food does your household go through in a week? What are your go-to family meals? And how much do you spend on food? You can get a glimpse of how others answered these questions in Oxfam’s new photo series, which depicts people from around the globe with one week’s food supply for their families.
Building on an idea that originated with 2005’s Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, the new images feel especially timely now, when reports about half of the world’s food going to waste vie for space with news about rising global food prices. According to a recent article accompanying some of the photos in the UK Independent, “There is deep injustice in the way food is grown and distributed … the world’s poorest people spend 50-90 percent of their income on food, compared with just 10-15 percent in developed countries.”
As you can probably guess, the families’ diets differ depending on where they live. But if if there’s one common thread that links these images, it’s that we all have to eat. We all face challenges and successes when it comes to feeding our families. And we can all help to make the food system fairer for everyone.
Oxfam lists five ways that you can help make small changes in your daily routine so that the rest of the world has enough food to eat:
1) SAVE FOOD. Get creative with your leftovers. Reduce waste and save resources. Compost!
2) SHOP SEASONAL. Cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by buying seasonally fresh food.
3) LESS MEAT. Have a weekly meat-free day. It takes more water and land to raise animals than vegetables.
4) SUPPORT FARMERS. Look for products that give a fair deal to small-scale farmers. Buy from your local farmers’ market.
5) COOK SMART. Save energy by putting a lid on the pan. Use less heat.
By following the above simple guidelines, you can help feed the one billion people on our planet who go to bed hungry every night.