Here is a photographic account of what families from various cultures eat in a typical week. Not surprisingly, as affluence increases so, too, does the amount of packaged food and soda along with a noticeable decrease in fresh fruits and vegetables. It would interesting to see a compendium of the various diseases that afflict these societies as well. While we’re at it, are some societies happier than others? Is there a relationship between happiness and the food we eat? Does producing at least some of one’s own food increase one’s happiness? I know that when I eat food I have grown, there is a double pleasure in the eating. But perhaps that is simply the luxury of my relative affluence.  Would I feel differently if my life depended on the food I produced? Anyone out there produce the majority of the food you eat? How do you do it? Why?

H/T Josh Eller

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Mark T. Mitchell
Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. He is the author Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place, and Community in a Global Age (Potomac Books, 2012). He is co-editor of another book titled, The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. Currently he is writing a book on private property. In 2008-9, while on sabbatical at Princeton University, he and Jeremy Beer hatched a plan to start a website dedicated to political decentralism, economic localism, and cultural regionalism. A group of like-minded people quickly formed around these ideas, and in March 2009, FPR was launched. Although he was raised in Montana and still occasionally longs for the west, he lives in Virginia with his wife, three sons and one daughter where they are in the process of turning a few acres into a small farm. See books written by Mark Mitchell.