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I forgot two:

Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
<snark>Favourite food? Liquid Bread?</snark>

Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23 Favorite foods: soup with fresh sheep meat

by PeWi on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 09:03:38 PM EST
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I wonder how much of the "food" cost for the 1st World families was to repay the packaging and advertising costs.

I would guess 10% but ... let's see ...

According to the BBC the average British family spends "£470 a year" on packaging so that's 5.8% ....

and I can't find anything about advertising but I'd bet 4.2% is in the ballpark.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Nov 23rd, 2007 at 11:35:48 PM EST
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Some alarm bells are ringing in Finland with falling demand in traditional markets for both newsprint and LWC paper. Paper machines are being shut down and people laid off.

But the fact is that 85% by value of Finnish fibre export is for packaging. The hot area is now 'fibre solutions' - which is paper engineering to produce materials that can perform like plastic packaging but are biodegradable and sustainably resourced.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 08:28:59 AM EST
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It seems Germans spend on food more than others, perhaps due to rise of euro. Whatever the difference in spending prosperity does not bring happiness. When I was on camel safari in Thar desert simple water was all I dreamt about, and simple food (omlette and chapatis - unleavened bread like pancakes) prepared by guide cum cook was very delicious and salubrious.
by FarEasterner on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 01:42:27 AM EST
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The best meal I have ever had was noodle soup after a 4 hour trek through the jungle when I was in Thailand.  And again, water.  In that moment I had never eaten anything so wonderful and could quite happily have only ever eaten noodle soup for the rest of my life!

On the whole, I find simple food is the best.  When you look at how much processed food the british and american families have compared to the Indian family, it's terrible.  On balance, my weekly food shopping is probably 80% fresh food (in terms of items/volume).

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 04:36:53 AM EST
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i know what you mean, in wales...

the best for me was an orange after water-fasting in death valley california all day.

every scrap of peel tasted like heaven....

good thing it was organic!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Nov 24th, 2007 at 07:00:31 AM EST
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