1.en.3.Food paradoxes

Gonzalo Fanjul’s talk has raised awareness on food issues at world level. Here you can find some of the key words that were mentioned during the talk. Now it is up to you to organise your notes into a summary. You must structure your ideas in four  paragraphs covering some of the paradoxes Fanjul highlighted in his presentation. End your summary by giving your opinion. Captura de pantalla 2013-10-30 a la(s) 6.16.07 PM

In this link, you will find an interactive map of hunger at world level. It appears on the page of the The World Food Programme, which is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.By clicking on a country, you will be able to find out facts and figures to illustrate your comments.  Search the site and include in your summary any interesting aspect you like to share with your classmates. If you mention facts, figures remember to cite your source.

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3.en.50 Olivar outing

Congratulations for your good behaviour and enthusiam during the outing. Both, Bernat and myself are very proud of you. We hope we’ll be able to do similar activities next year.  The ecological market was quite empty but the stall owners were very friendly and gave us lots of information. One of them gave us a poster on seasonal products that can be very helpful to know which vegetables and fruits are FRESHER, TASTIER AND MORE NUTRITIOUS. The

Bernat explained everything about melons and pumkins  in Majorca.  By the way, let’s see if you know how to access the page using an application for smart phones. 

All of you had the opportunity to test your English interviewing tourists. Swedish, Norwegian, German and English. Joan Flaquer  was not shy at all and, after interviewing a Polish girl, told her in perfect English that she had beautiful eyes!

You certainly have discovered how hard it is to make ends meet. Food is expensive, isnn’t it? Was your weekly budget sensible?

Look at this pic. You had to do lots of additions to see how much virtual money you had spent.

Well, we’ll talk about results and conclusions in class. In the mean time, Look at this web site and find out more about seasonal products, this time in the UK.

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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