The Philippines

By Emily Lynch and Sarah Aguilera

Below, are some of the important statistical differences between the Philippines and the United States. The Urbanization (graph one) of the Philippines and the US are very different. The Philippines has many less cities and large towns then the US. Therefore, there is less progress, income, and little to weak infrastructure . Most people in the Philippines are farmers or agriculturalists. This impacts the way they eat because they will most likely only eat their staple foods (rice, fish, potatoes, etc.) that they harvest themselves so they don't have to spend extra money buying it. The United States, unlike the Philippines, has many prosperous cities, much income, and solid infrastructure. Most people in the US work in businesses and buy their food from stores, not grow it themselves.
The second graph, permanent crops, is also very different between the Philippines and the United States. A permanent crop is when a crop can grow for a long time without having to be replanted. This would more benefit the Philippines than the US because there is more extreme weather conditions and natural disasters ( such as typhoons and volcanic eruptions) where the Philippines is located in Southeast Asia. Therefore, it would be rather beneficial for the Filipino's to have plants they could not worry about and stress over on top of everything else on their minds. In the US, since not the majority of people are farmers, people do not need to farm for their survival since it is not a country stricken with poverty.
Finally, the third graph is of the percentage of under weight children. If you look below, you will see a bright pink bar next to a microscopic orange one. The bright pink one is the Philippines and the orange one is the US. Since there is not an abundant supply of nutritious food in the Philippines, most of it goes to the people who need it the most, the hungry or the elderly. Most people would not think to give it to their children first. This is sad but true. Almost 25% of the Filipino children are severely underweight and in need of healthy foods. But, the US is the complete opposite. Just over 1% of the American Children are severely underweight. This means that most of them are provided with the right amount of food in order to survive.

These three data points influence what people eat in the Philippines and the United States because of many factors. One is because of the lack of and amount of urbanization in these two countries are so significant that they either have barely any food or a sufficient amount of food. The amount of cities influences what people eat in the US because they do not eat as many farm- related products as people in the Philippines do. Instead, most Americans will eat out at restaurants or fast-food places, because it is over- offered to them. A second is because of the amount of permanent crops in these two countries, there is not as much variety in the Philippines than the US. The Philippines grows food mostly while the US imports food mostly.Although in cities like Manila Fast food and bakeries are common. More specific: Jollibee and Red Ribbon being 100% Filipino resturants. Lastly, the amount of under weighted children can contribute to the mount of food everyone consumes. Instead of hogging all the food for themselves, some people may choose to supply hungry people with food instead of themselves. These are just three of the many factors that contribute to what people eat in these two countries.

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The statistic of the amount of arable land in the Philippines and the United States is significant because of many reasons. One reason is because it contributes to how much food and what kind of food they eat. Since the Philippines has more arable land, they can grow more crops and provide more food for their people. This would help their economy grow and have their people be healthier and able to contribute to help more.

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