Project MUSE - The Globalization of Food (review)
Food, Farms, and Famine: The Globalization of Food
My experiences in Thailand have in many ways reflected the globalization of food, especially with the monopoly 7-11 has created, but in many ways I have found that traditional food still dominates. On an almost daily basis I have eaten thai food, and many times regional Issan food for three meals a day. It is incredibly easy to find some sticky rice and green papaya salad, but difficult to find Northern Thai specialties such as Cow Soy. Having travelled in Asia before, I expected there to be a lot of western influence in general, and especially in terms of food, but I was excited to find that most restaurants are still Thai food and most Thai people that I have met prefer to eat Thai food. At the same time, sometimes I think that it is not the globalization of food that is the problem, but rather the type of food. I know that when in the U.S. I appreciate the ability to eat a large variety of ethnic cuisines, and do not think it’s a negative that other countries have the ability to try foreign cuisines as well. What worries me is the time lapse in information that seems to be happening. Where in the U.S. we have started to see the effects of years of eating a high fat and sugar diet, these effects are not yet seen in foreign countries that have adopted some of the most caloric foods that we offer.
The Globalization of Food - Google Books
To add to the other comments, I have also had similar experiences here in Thailand. When I first starting visiting villages, I had this expectation that the culture would be pure and traditional, free from the products of globalization. In the U.S., I try to eat locally when it comes to meat and dairy, and I thought that villages in Thailand would also sustainably source, grow, or raise their own food. You can imagine my surprise when my host mom set down a 7-11 hamburger and KFC chicken and rice on my plate for dinner! I've realized that it is a mistake to idealize village life, and the globalization of food is a reality even in small farming communities. I think globalization of food does take away from a community's culture, and as more youth begin to move from rural to urban areas, it seems that some of culture and traditions surrounding food may be lost.