Food Culture Globally

“15 International Food Etiquette Rules That Might Surprise You”

http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/29/travel/international-food-etiquette-rules/

Globalization has given way to the assimilation of international foods within the American culture. As we discussed in class, there are several traditions and eating habits that stand out to us. However, sometimes we fail to recognize that our very own eating habits can be seen as strange to others. Not only does globalization of food help the economy, but it also increases availability and diversity. It does also influence nutrition patterns, which shape and affect cultures and people differently. For example, how do you think the globalization of fast food restaurants such as McDonalds or Burger King affect different nations? There was a McDonalds in my hometown (Cochabamba, Bolivia), which got shut down after a year because people simply did not believe in the concept of fast food. A few other cons of the globalization of food include insufficient nutrient intake, exploration of labor, and a decrease in local, traditional cuisine. There are several pros to food globalization, however the cons is something that I never really thought about,  so I decided to focus on that for this blog post.

I found this article to be funny, and just like we played the quiz game in class, there were several things from different cultures that I didn’t know. I think its important to keep an open mind and be aware of people’s cultures and traditions prior to going places. That being said, it is also important to recognize that people may be unaware of your practices, and thus have patience.

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