The people who traveled the world and brought back a fascinating photographic and literary record of the human family ( Material World series,) published a new entry last year called Hungry Planet, subtitled What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio.
There is much for food-focused types to explore in this book. One gleaning--- from their statistics about the 24 countries they featured:
USA--275 lbs per person per year; Greenland--250 lbs; Mongolia--239 lbs; Australia--235 lbs.
Countries whose people ate the least amount of meat:
Bhutan--6.6 lbs per person per year; India--11 lbs; Chad--31 lbs; Turkey and Mali, 42 lbs.
Any surprises? Kuwaitis and Mexicans eat about the same amount, between 129 and 132 lbs. Germans eat somewhat less meat at 181 lbs than the Italians ( 199) or the French ( 222.)
( Photo by Nayef Hashlamoun.)