Today we talked about food choices we make and why we make them. We started off with a look at 7 healthy meals from 7 different countries around the world. Each group was given a “plate” with a photograph of a meal. The group had to describe what food was on the plate; did they think it was “healthy”; and what country was it from. Here are a few of the “plates” and a description of why they are “healthy” and where they are from:
You can see the rest of the meal pictures and read the article here.
We talked about what things drive our food choices from dietary needs to what’s available in the fridge or pantry, what time it is, what the weather’s like, what can I afford, what’s healthy for me, and more.
Next we talked about what food choices people have who are on a limited income, which is difficult. This lead to our conversation about poverty and food issues. One project that takes an innovative view of food and poverty is The Poverty Line, which was created by photographer Stefen Chow and economist, Lin Hui-Yi. The body of the work is on his website The Poverty Line. As an artist, he combines photography + food choices + economics to create a new way to look at poverty and to bring increased awareness to the issue.
We watched this video of Stefen’s talk about the project, take a look here :
After watching we talked about what his photographs represent and what the project is all about. Lastly, we talked about programs, projects, and aid that can help people who suffer from hunger. We discussed some ideas that we can do to help with this issue, and all agreed that we hope poverty , some day, can be eliminated.
Thanks for your contributions to today’s conversation! See you next week.