Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Our $3.12 Dinner for Three and What the World Eats.
My friend Kalpana and I did the 5k literacy walk this past weekend and were talking about American diets. She is from India, and while not a vegetarian, grew up eating a mostly plant based diet. She said during her childhood, the street corners had fresh fruit and vegetable stands rather than what is now becoming popular, McDonalds and pizza places.
Today she sent me a link that was fascinating. It is from the book called Hungry Planet. In it, husband and wife, photographer Peter Menzel and writer Faith D'Aluisio set out to find how globalization, migration and rising affluence are affecting the diets of communities around the globe
The link below is to a Time Magazine article that excerpted pictures of various families from around the globe along with a typical week of groceries. The span in prices is nothing short of astounding, from Germany at $500 a week to a Breidjing camp at $1.23 a week.
The differences between the amounts of fresh produce and the amounts of packaged goods is also striking. Here is the link to the Time article.
Our dinner tonight was $3.12 for three (Greg had a work dinner). To put that in some context, a family in Bhutan will spend $5.03 a WEEK on groceries. Our dinner costs break down as follows.
Two veggie brats - kids split one and I ate one. $1.00
Frozen corn is 19 cents per cup and we ate 1 1/2 cups or about .29
1/2 a package of .37 Mac and cheese roughly .20 (though as I type I realize I didn't include the cost of the added milk - we don't add butter to it).
1/2 a large can of unsweetened peaches was .77
2 potatoes, split between us at .36
Two glasses of juice .50 (still guessing on this until the next grocery run).
Total dinner for three $3.12.
Hoping to start moving to the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables daily.