Why do we live 3

Germany - How we live (3/3)

For Germans, the supermarket is primarily women's territory, because they make 86 percent of the purchasing decisions in the family. But while she regularly discovers new ideas for the menu in the supermarket, the man can hardly be enthusiastic about them. As always, he is primarily interested in one thing: the meat counter.

Daily shopping - a pleasure for some, a burden for others and inevitable for everyone. But what we buy is, from a purely statistical point of view, easily predictable. At the top of the menu: meat and sausages. Especially when the men go shopping, because on average they eat twice as much meat as the women. But a look at history shows that this has by no means always been the case. In times of population growth there was not enough space for keeping pigs, and meat was a luxury. In times of dwindling populations, such as the great waves of the plague, more pigs could be kept and meat was affordable for everyone.

  • Meat as a high-energy and protein-rich food has always been in great demand throughout history. Since livestock farming is more complex than growing plant-based foods, meat was reserved for the rich in many phases of our history. Today meat is cheap due to factory farming and so the average German consumes a total of 1,094 animals in the course of his life, that is in detail:

    • 4 sheep
    • 4 cows
    • 12 geese
    • 37 ducks
    • 46 turkeys
    • 46 pigs
    • 945 chickens
    • Milk / milk products from 6,600 liters
    • 7.2 tons of grain
    • 2.5 tons of sugar
    • 25 kilos of pepper and other spices
    • 200 kilos of salt

    Food consumption of the Germans

  • The average German consumes 4,200 liters of water every day. As much as 33 bathtubs. Most of it is needed in the cultivation and processing of our food, as well as the production of consumer goods, a few examples:

    • Showering and bathing: 45 liters per day
    • Toilet flush: 45 liters per day
    • Cleaning: 7 liters a day
    • Laundry: 13 liters per day
    • 1 apple: 26 liters
    • 1 carrot: 19 liters
    • 1 cup of coffee: 140 liters
    • 1 kilo of beef: 15,000 liters
    • 1 car: 400,000 liters

History has shaped our tastes in many ways. Whether you prefer to eat sweet rather than sour, drink coffee or tea or prefer pasta to potatoes - everything depends on the historical development of the region in which you live. Grocery shopping is affordable for most Germans. Around a tenth of the income is now spent on nutrition. We hardly invest less in leisure activities and entertainment.

  • Episode 1 Our People - June 23, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    Episode 2 Our Treasures - June 30, 2013 7:30 p.m.

    Episode 3 Our diet - July 7th, 2013 7:30 p.m.

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