isn't it curious?

Isn't it the least bit curious that as the world becomes increasingly flat, with the rise of globalization, while we are able to purchase most imported edibles from most anywhere else in the world, or at least a good variety regardless of season, that we are now encouraged to eat and buy locally farmed foods and thereby to do the complete opposite? How fascinating it is to watch the world grow in collaboration, but shrink back to our own roots, and thereby growing into our origins all at the same time. Just a few generations ago, it seemed there was so little. With no refrigeration, our grandparents were limited to the variety and quality of the food they could eat. Perhaps the summers were bountiful, but the winters were often bleak and lacked an abundance of fruits, vegetables or much of anything at all. Soon, more was required, craved, and wanted. More of any kind of food. More variety would have been nice. A greater selection of unique and fresh produce, perfectly fresh meat and seafood alongside an international selection of cheeses and deli specialties. Until, soon, we have it all. Everything we could have ever wanted. But, there is a catch. Perhaps, nothing tastes as good enrobed in plastic and styrofoam. Who really enjoys going to the mammoth-sized shop and struggling to get a dilapidated cart which turns haphazardly, and then only to find oneself waiting in a line up so long that even the tabloids start to look somewhat appealing. And then, there are hardly any real economic benefits for any of our own neighbours beyond a measly wage. Perhaps they own a freight or shipping company, perhaps a few shares in a chain-grocery store. But it doesn't really benefit our neighbour by providing a good and fair wage, while allowing the neighbour to create, control, and benefit from her own business. Instead, the neighbour is stuck to earn a wage controlled or mandated by the government (potentially), and might have only a minimal amount of health benefits, and some job security, while creating virtually no legacy of financial or entrepreneurial gain. The world is becoming more interwoven and interconnected by the second, but it seems that perhaps besides gleaning recipes and techniques from abroad, everything else to fill up the void in our tummies should come from our own backyards to maintain and sustain our own farmers, our environment, and our health. Isn't it curious?.


Kevin Kossowan said...

Curious indeed. Never thought I'd be an advocate of anti-globalization, but it seems ridiculous to me to not be able to self sustain on some level.

My biggest hope is that we do revert back to some previous state of capable self-sustainability, and in doing so discover our proficiencies - our terroir.

gail said...

I see a great benefit of globalization in ideas; self-sufficiency with an inspired infusion of the world on our plates.

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