3.en.49 Food project

Tomorrow, during our visit to El Olivar,  you will be able to check whether your budget to feed a family of four members is a sensible one. After working with your group, I’m sure you have discovered how different eating habits and food expenditure  are at world level. Most you have been working on this project and power point presentation for more than two weeks. Now, it is time to compare our eating habits with three other families from different parts of the world.

Here follow some sources we have used to carry out the project.

Peter Manzel is a famous photographer. He and his wife, Faith D’Aluisio, a writer,  travelled around the world taking photographs of different families. They asked families to pose next to the food they ate on an average week. They also calculated the money spent. The result was a wonderful book “Hungry Planet”, which will help us reflect, among other things,  on our eating habits. The images displayed in this post were taken from this book.

To begin with, have a look at the Ahmed family of Cairo. We have been talking about the Mediterranean diet, haven’t we?

  1. Have a look at the food displayed on the table.
  2. Can you compare it with the list you are making?
  3. Can you see any major differences?
  4. Similarities?
  5. What about the family? Is it similar to a Spanish family?
  6. What about the money spent on food per week?

Here follows a power point I found in slide share with photos taken from Peter Menzel’s book. You will see different families, as well as their food expenditure per week. Also, each slide includes information about each  family’s favourite dish.


Remember that in your Power Point presentation you must include the following:


  1. Position of the country in the map and its neighbouring countries
  2. Population
  3. Position of the city/village where your family lives. Try to use google earth
  4. Expenditure in food per week (Find out currency and convert it in dollars or euros)
  5. Number of people in the family
  6. Position of the country in the ranking by GDP (nominal) per capita
  7. Describe the family and the food displayed
In 2008, there was an exhibition in Madrid and Barcelona with photos from Peter Menzel’s book. You can still visit it on line. The information has been translated into Spanish and Catalan, so it will help you prepare your family presentation as well as the equivalent in euros. I include here the Ahmed family as an example. If you look at the top menu, you will see that you can choose and activate any of the three languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.
Here you can see the title of the online exhibition in Catalan: Planeta Afamat: allò que menja el món.


  • Pronunciation site to help you with names of countries and places.


  • World flag data base (includes basic facts about countries: population, currency, languages)


  • World maps (includes basic facts about continents)


  • Virtual exhibition from Caja Madrid on Peter Menzel’s photographs.


  • Peter Menzel’s web site. He is responsible for the great pictures and together with the texts written by his wife they have made this project possible.


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  1. miquelseguimiquelsegui Says:

    I can’t copy and page the images, you can send to me please? Thanks 😀

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