These photos are part of “Daily bread”, photographer Gregg Segal's work on what we eat daily in the world.
In an 8 x 8 aluminum shack on a construction site on the outskirts of Mumbai, Anchal Sahni sits down to dinner with his family: homemade aloo bhindo (okra and potatoes simmered in curry) and chapati (flatbread) and a little lentils next to it. Anchal has a healthier diet than many middle-class children in India, who can afford to eat out. In Mumbai, a medium pizza costs $ 13, about 3 times what Anchal's father earns a day.
Feeling a sea change in western attitudes about diet and the effects of junk food, fast food companies have begun to invest heavily in foreign markets where public awareness is not as sharp, and Big Macs are not junk, they are a status symbol.
In 2015, the University of Cambridge conducted a comprehensive study, identifying the countries with the healthiest diets in the world. 9 of the top 10 countries are in Africa, where vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, grains are staples and meals are homemade, a stark contrast to the United States, where nearly 60% of the calories we consume come from ultra-processed foods and only 1% come from vegetables.
The Daily Bread project
As globalization alters our relationship with food, I ask children around the world to keep a journal and record what they eat in a week. At the end of the week, I make a portrait of the child with the food arranged around him. I am focusing on children because eating habits, formed when we are young, last a lifetime and often lead the way to chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, and colon cancer.
Despite growing awareness here in the US about the harm of eating processed foods, widespread change has yet to take place. Obesity rates continue to rise. 40 years ago, 1 in 40 children were obese. Today, 10 out of 40 are. Since corn syrup appeared, the incidence of diabetes has tripled. For the first time in many generations, life expectancy in the United States is decreasing, and the main culprit is empty calories.
They have encouraged me to find regions and communities where "slow food" will never be displaced by junk food, where home-cooked meals are the basis of family and culture, where love and pride are perceived in the aromas of the broths. , the stews and the curries. When the hand stirring the pot is mom or dad, grandmother or grandmother, children are healthier.
The deepest objective of the Daily Bread is to be a catalyst for change and to connect with a growing and grassroots community that is promoting significant changes in the daily diet. "