I did a quick assessment of minimal food needs for an average person. There’s a little extra built in. This is what I came up with as reasonable in the US.
per day (does not include my dependents).
Assume 2100 calories a day for a month. 63 000 calories a month.
3 fruit and 2 vegetables/day
3 cups of milk and 4 oz cheese+ 1 egg
1 cup cereal + 1 cup rice + 1 cup beans+1/2 cup flour
3 tbpsn oil or marg
In terms of calories it comes to:
Financially, where I live now, in one month, it comes to:
6 gallons of milk $25
2.5 dozen cage-free chicken eggs $5
5 boxes of cereal $15
80 oz of rice $3
oil/margarine 2 oz per tablespoon, 6 oz a day, 148 oz/month 3 tubs and 100 oz $19 + $12
120 oz of cheese/month (10 12 oz packs) $25
16 cups of flour $1
100 apples $25
5 lb carrots $4
30 lb potatoes $7
1 head of cabbage $3
8 tomatoes $9
coffee or tea $5
yeast, pepper, and spices $5
shampoo, soap, and cleaning $5
Using $200 as a New York food stamp allowance, and adjusting according to the grocery cost index as a function of country presented here, I get the following annual grocery expenditures by country with this level of sustainability (that I admit is a “needs met” standard):
C1 is the grocery index/100 and multiplied by 200 (US food stamp allowance)
C2 is by year
C3 is 3X this, which is an incorrect short cut to other cost of living assessments. yearly dollar amount estimating groceries to be 33% of need.
|Bosnia And Herzegovina||94.86||1138.32||3414.96|
|Trinidad And Tobago||111.6||1339.2||4017.6|
|United Arab Emirates||129.98||1559.76||4679.28|
I guess that now, I would like to know what percentage of the population lives below this dollar amount in each country. There are a couple of different applets out there. One local one, puts me in the bottom 3% of the US population, at this level. A more global perspective puts me in the top 30% of the world population at this level. I found this paper (Sala-i-Martin, 2002 draft), and although I haven’t read it yet, I contemplated the graphs at the end. Many of the graphs are trimodal. Is the first peak the dependent peak, the second peak the economic peak, and the third peak the inherited wealth peak? I think he later collaborates with someone from MIT, and most of the graphs become seemingly more unimodal (still bimodal but only one peak apparent in the distribution).
Doing some math: basically for it to be a map, I think, every x has to have one and only one y, but a y can have more than one x. To expand things a little, an animal with wings would not map onto an animal without wings, but a 6 legged animal might map onto a 2 legged animal (but not vice-versa). For example, taking an object, and creating 2 doubles, is explicitly forbidden according to the rules. We very quickly get into problems of precision and semantics here!