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What America can learn from one of the most sustainable food nations on Earth.
If only the United States could embrace this lifestyle more. Sure there are farmers markets and other sources of food, but the mighty supermarket and food giants have completely taken over this country. A typical American wants quick and easy, but most of the time that comes with a price to pay. The mass produced food in the U.S. is the majority food source for many citizens, the foods likely are modified and have come from all over the world. Sure they are cheaper than a freshly grown products from a farmers market for example, but we as a nation and society let it come to this. The U.S. has land in variable climates to sustain itself year-round, but that isn't the cost friendly option for right now. Everything seems to be right now, not looking into the future. It is almost as though the country is too far down the road of industrial giants and their mass produced products, that backtracking to a time where we actually produced our own goods is out of the question. The least we can do at this point in time is try to buy local and help sustain what we already have before it's built on or forgotten about.
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In the US we loose sight of what it means to invest in your community. If you shop and Wal-Mart sure you’re going to buy a pair of ski’s on the cheap but the guy down the street from you that owns a ski shop is going to go out of business. Then he’s is going to pack up and leave and open up a store somewhere that Wal-Mart hasn’t gotten too. If you pay up to a corporation very little money comes back down, but if you pay across to your community then the wealth, safety and living style improves. With the case of Bolivia and Mc Donald’s, they know that giving there money to there friends and family making food is worth a lot more to there lifestyle then giving it to a corporate chain. This restaurants and food stands are going to spend that money in the community, that money isn’t going to get wired to the Cayman Islands.
Here is an exmaple of one country that has retained it's social norms over generations. The community has been the provider for life's supplies for thousands of years in every country. Bolivia has taken the "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach. Not only are they still stressing the importance of fresh food from local vendors, they are also creating their own improved fast food system. The rest of the world could surely learn from Bolivia, though one could say it is much too late to do so.
Bolivia is the first Latin-American country without a Mcdonald's present there at all. These people would prefer to eat their delciious varities of foods than eat fast food. This is an important example every country should look at. We all eat so much fast food and never stop to realize how much delicious food our countries have and stuff we can easily make at home instead of feeding our bodies with fast food.