“How we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used,” wrote Wendell Berry in What Are People For?, his 1990 collection of essays about the individual and community. Berry is one of my heroes: a Christian philosopher-farmer from Kentucky. He’s one-of-a-kind.

Sierra Magazine, published by Sierra Club, features a series of articles this month on how the world looks at food. You don’t have to agree with the Sierra Club’s politics and aims to get useful information from these articles. They include:

I found the last page of the magazine most interesting of all. It simply features four photographs of families from different countries, each displaying a week’s worth of food.

[photo of Guatemalan family with a lot of fresh produce]
The Mendozas of Todos Santos Cuchumatán, Guatemala

[photo of American family with a lot of pre-packaged food]
The Cavens of American Canyon, California

[photo of Chinese family with a variety of produce and packaged food]
The Dongs of Beijing, China

These photographs are from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio.

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