To bring it all down to a human scale the SBS article (by journalist Phil Lees - creator of the Cambodian Food blog Phnomenon) crunches the numbers of the $700 billion corporate bailout down into bite sized chunks so we can picture exactly how much food that figure translates into - and how many starving people could be fed.
Here are some examples of what $700 Billion equals:
- $700 Billion = 2000 good old American Apple Pies for every man woman and child currently living in the United States
- $700 Billion = Dinner for the entire population of the top 5 most populated countries, at one of the world's most expensive restaurants: El Bulli in Spain could shout the entire population of China, India, USA, Indonesia and Brazil to dinner.
- $700 Billion at the other end of the spectrum = the UN World Food Programme able to feed 86 million people for the next 23 years.
This is a photo from the fresh-produce marketplace in Kota Bahru in northern Malaysia, 2007.