Compared to the rest of the world, we are very well off. We spend plenty, but it is still a small portion of our income. In 1930, it was more than 24% of our income, but by 2000, it had declined to less than 10%. Even with the increases we see today, we are still among the most fortunate people in the world, when it comes to food security. We truly should give thanks every day!
Here is a very interesting comparison of amounts spent by the average family in different countries around the world. It is taken from:
© Peter Menzel http://www.menzelphoto.com from the book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats
Unfortunately, it does not include what the portion of total income is, that would give us the meaningful data to show just how much of a family’s resources are going to the feeding of their members. But, as an example, the population in Belarus, where my husband was just on a medical mission, spends about 48% of their income on food.
One week’s worth of food by various cultures:
Germany: Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide – Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
USA: United States: The Revis family of North Carolina – Food expenditure for one week: $341.98
Japan: Japan : The Ukita family of Kodaira City – Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25
Italy: Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily – Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11
Mexico: Mexico : The Casales family of Cuernavaca – Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Poland: Poland : The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna – Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27
Egypt: Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo – Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Ecuador: Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo – Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Bhutan: Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village – Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Chad: Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp – Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23