Groceries: they take up a considerable portion of our disposable income, we often love the ads for them, the packaging calls to us in an enticing voice when we wander about a store, the fruit and veg markets smell, look and feel fantastic, we all consume them (unless we are totally devoted to self-sustainable subsistence farming practices - rare). In short, we can't really live without them!
So, what does a typical week of groceries look like in different, 'average' families around the world?
Take a look at photographer Peter Menzel’s remarkable photographic documentary that gives us a look into the homes, kitchens and bellies of families from around the world.
If we’re going to talk averages, I think most people reading this would not recognize the Australian family. According to the ABS, the typical Australian family is a couple with two kids living at home, and residing in a capital city. While the chosen family may represent a stereotype of the average Australian household, this bias doesn’t seem to play out in the other photos (the one exception to this might be the Germans, ever organised!)
While the point of the exercise is to highlight variety, the ubiquity of Coke is a stark reminder of its global pervasiveness.
Personally, a week or two of a Turkish diet would suit just fine, as would a couple of weeks on a Japanese diet (just in time for our summer bodies to emerge down here in Sydney).