Food globalisation

The culture of food, traditional cuisine is one of the most important components of the everyday culture of a folk. Whatever the case, you can't deny that first thing you cannot do without in your everyday life is food. And the statement "You are what you eat" is a little more than a successful metaphor.

Ukrainian cuisine has been formed for thousands of years, and in general it's key goal is rapid replenishment of energy reserves after difficult work. If we highlight the features of traditional cuisines of all folks of the world, this list will be: orientation to local products, variety of raw materials, adaptation to the needs of the population, a long process of establishment and formation.

The biggest changes in Ukrainian cuisine occurred at the beginning of the 20th century, when potatoes and sugar (in larger quantities) had came in instead of traditional cereals (from "salty" to dessert dishes).

However, no "revolution" in nutrition associated with  emergence of new plants in local agriculture, is not commensurate with the damage to the culture of food, that brings by globalization. And, we must admit - despite McDonald's lovers will not approve this - an attack against local cuisine is purposeful and organized.

The first scourge that globalization has brought about into the  food culture is the spread of fast food, made on the basis of semi-foods of dubious quality, with the addition of preservatives for long-term storage - this is a known fact.  But health-threatening is not the only problem.

Here we want to emphasize the issue of unification of the food culture all over the world: from Dublin to Vladivostok - burgers, sushi and pizzas have are displacing thousands of local dishes. Local dishes are usually cooked on local raw materials, and require considerably more ingredients that can not generally be provided by global agro-corporations. While the ingredients for sushi or burgers are virtually identical throughout the world.

Globalism is struggling to show "new food" as something fashionable, at the same time naming old-good dishes as something "boring" and "non-progressive."

The process of manufacturing food and raw materials for them is becoming more and more centralized and goes into the hands of global corporations, such as Monsanto. Well, just try to doubt in the usefulness of GMOs. You will surely be derided and chided in press. 

Another threat to the globalization of the food industry is that top companies of this segment are involved in promotion of cultural marxist ideas. For example, the Starbucks chain of coffee shops not only destroys the culture of coffee drinking, but also openly declares itself friendly to LGBT.

So let's sum up the results. The globalization of food culture is threatening with:

- Destruction of traditional agriculture with its variety of crops of plants and animals;

- Рarmful food with preservatives and excess sugar;

- The concentration of production of food and raw materials for them in the hands of global corporations, accountable to noone;

- Promotion of degenerative anti-national and anti-Christian culture;

What shall we do in such situation? The recipe is banal but quite effective - try to renew the tradition of everyday common dinners/suppers in your own family; reopen your traditional cuisine as an alternative to the fast-food mass-cult - even these small steps will make a significant blow to globalism.