In this essay I will be touching on the effects that the fast food industry has on Western culture and vice versa as well as the impact of changes brought about by globalisation and food production and consumption in South Africa and other developing countries. I will also be discussing how our choices on what we eat and where we buy our food impacts on our local farms and communities. In my opinion, the increased popularity of the fast food industry is the biggest consequence of westernisation.
In the past year, fast food consumption has increased a considerable amount, especially amongst teens and young adults. When asked why they chose to eat so much fast food, the common answers were that fast food is easy, quick, cheap and convenient. This is however, the main cause of obesity all over the world. Globally, the rate of health due to continuous fast food consumption has rapidly declined.
Over the past few years especially, there have been many cultural changes brought about by many factors, such as; Globalisation, technological developments, the spread of capitalism, the impact of westernisation and increased social inequity. According to Oxford Online, â€œGlobalisation is the process by which businesses or other organizations develop international influence or start operating on an international scale: fears about the increasing globalization of the world economy.â€(2012). Globalisation is one of the main influences of food consumption and production. It affects local and small farming due to fast food chain restaurants only using large scale farms for their meat production.
It is possible for oneâ€™s identity to change with regards to food habits and consumption. Due to globalisation, fast food places such as McDonalds have become vastly more popular. Globalisation gives one that confidence of knowing that no matter where you are, you are guaranteed that same satisfying taste no matter where you are in the world.
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