Being born and raised in an island of Mediterranean, the cultural diversity of my food was quite limited and basically my typical diet would mostly include Mediterranean food. This kind of diet includes different kind of local and fresh food such as fruits, vegetables, potatoes, beans, delicious cheese and yogurt, red meat, a lot of fish and poultry, nice wine and much more. In a way, I always had a some kind of a routine based on what I was eating each day.
I found out that studies have shown that people in Mediterranean tend to have less hart diseases, incidence of cancer etc mostly because of Mediterranean diet. After moving to the States, I realized that most of the people don’t maintain one specific diet but instead they are mixing diets from different cultures. I am seeing so many different restaurants with a huge variety of ethnic food, from German to Chinese dishes and from Indian to Caribbean dishes. So, I was wondering if doing that could cause any diseases or any other problems on the environment.
I believe the main reason of why is that happening is the growth of food industry. People would always want to try out something new, something more exotic and basically something that is unusual to them. By doing that though, I believe that it would automatically create some negative effects on the environment as we are introducing new crops to a foreign environment.
So, I believe it would be best for the environment and for our health, if different countries would be able to maintain local farming. That’s not only going to help to improve our health (as we limit our diet by not mixing different ethnic dishes) and our environment, but it would also help to improve the economy as importing foreign dishes cost more.
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