I was delighted with the Image of the Day: If Kids Designed the Food Pyramid entry, and here is the Food Pyramid from Japan. This image is widely promoted by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. It shows a spinning top to illustrate the nation's goal for "food balance" or a balanced diet. The Japanese guide resembles a spinning top, and note at the very top there is a guy running, as a reminder of the need for exercise!
More details below the fold.The blue cup at the top shows water and tea.
The yellow section is the largest, representing grains--rice, bread, noodles and pasta. You should get between 5 to 7 servings a day. The green section represents vegetables--such as potato, mushrooms and seaweeds. You should get 5 to 6 servings a day. The brown section represents meat, fish, eggs and soy-bean dishes. You should get about 3 to 5 servings a day.
The last section is broken into two. On the left represents dairy products which you should get about 2 servings per day. And on the right there are fruits (2 servings per day).
There is a little string to the left representing sweets, alcohol, and coffee, which we should all be having in moderation...
I like how the Japanese food guide is based on local conditions, with an emphasis on rice. While Japan imports a lot of food, rice is one crop that the country is still self-sufficient in. I think they have taken food mileage into consideration as well. How about your country's food pyramid? Does it take local environmental factors into consideration?