The culture of food, traditional cuisine is one of the most important components of a people’s daily culture. In any case, you can’t deny that the first thing you can’t do without in everyday life is food. And the statement “You are what you eat” is little more than a success metaphor.
Ukrainian cuisine has been created for thousands of years, and in general the main goal is the rapid replenishment of energy reserves after difficult work. If we highlight the characteristics of the traditional cuisines of all the people 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 settlement and training.
The biggest changes in Ukrainian cuisine occurred at the beginning of the 20th century, when potatoes and sugar (in larger quantities) took the place of traditional cereals (from “savory” dishes to desserts).
However, no “revolution” in nutrition associated with the emergence of new plants in local agriculture is not commensurate with the damage to food culture that globalization brings. And, we have to admit – although McDonald’s lovers won’t approve of this – an attack on local cuisine is intentional and organized.
The first plague that globalization has brought to 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 the health threat isn’t the only problem.
Here we want to highlight the issue of unifying food culture around the world: from Dublin to Vladivostok – burgers, sushi and pizzas are replacing thousands of local dishes. Local dishes are usually cooked with local raw materials and require far more ingredients than generally cannot be provided by global agro-companies. While the ingredients for sushi or burgers are practically identical all over the world.
Globalism is struggling to show “new food” as trendy, while naming old and good dishes as “boring” and “non-progressive”.
The food and raw materials production process for them is becoming increasingly centralized and passes into the hands of global companies, such as Monsanto. Well, just try to doubt the usefulness of GMOs. You will surely be laughed at and scolded by the press.
Another threat to the globalization of the food industry is that the best companies in this segment are involved in promoting cultural Marxist ideas. For example, the Starbucks coffee shop chain not only destroys the culture of drinking coffee, but also openly declares itself to be friendly towards LGBT people.
So let’s summarize the results. The globalization of food culture threatens to:
– Destruction of traditional agriculture with its variety of plant and animal crops;
– Harmful food with preservatives and excess sugar;
– The concentration of the production of food and raw materials for them in the hands of global corporations, responsible to no one;
– promotion of an anti-national and anti-Christian degenerative culture;
What to do in such a situation? The recipe is banal but effective enough: try to renew the tradition of common dinners / dinners every day in your family; reopen your traditional cuisine as an alternative to the mass cult of fast food – even these small steps will give a significant blow to globalism.