Hungry Planet Reflection
The photograph of the Aboubakar family showed the family of six sitting on a rug in front of their tent in the middle of the desert (Menzel and D 'Aluisio 2007). According to Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio during their interview on NPR, the family gets their food from the World Food Program, who provides food and water for the 30,000 people living in the area. The mother of five has to go find work and make $1 a day to feed the children since her husband died. While the UN and the World Food Programme provide them with basic amount of millet and sorghum, the mother would try to get dried okra to put in the soup as their source of vegetables. While I expected their lack of nutrition sources as they are in one of the poorest countries in the world and their geological environment - desert - limits their food supplies, I was surprised to hear Faith talking about how content the families are with their lives. Despite the burden of taking care of the family, the mother is happy with her life and she has her own mango trees and animals. It was also great to see the aid from developming countries through the UN and the World Food Programme. Humanity is solidified through the globalization process as people from developed countries come together to help the ones in need.
The photograph of the Dong family in the living room of their one-bedroom apartment in Beijing showed that their week’s worth of food consist largely of meat and vegetables (Menzel and D 'Aluisio 2007). It is interesting to see how much processed food, as well as fast food people in China eat every week. Of the $155 the Dong family spent on food for the week, almost half ($60) is spent on snacks, prepared food, fast food, and beverages. This might be due to the fast economy growth in the cities in China and the fact that people are becoming busier with work and have less time preparing
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