Traditional Diets To Be Preserved: Fighting The Neo-Liberal Colonization Of Food And Subsequent Health

Authored By:

Benjamin Njila


January 27, 2021

Fighting the Neo-Liberal Colonization of Food and Subsequent Health by Benjamin Njila Tchakounte Fields "African countries have a rich tradition of cultural foods that is being invaded by western food habits, bringing in a myriad of health issues to be solved by inefficient and profit-focusing health interventions. This assault is caused by numerous economic pressures such as those on the local agricultural system through structural adjustment or the ability of western food giants to plant themselves and their fast-food chains in African countries. The proliferation of these fast-food chains is fueled by expatriates, international tourism, and other factors, until they become consumed by us, and consequently, their positions become concretized into the nutritional landscape of the continent. In the wake of this transition, African countries should do something important that maintains their sovereignty and uniqueness as a homeland: Africa should work to define, characterize, and promote its maiden diets (at the detriment of those that emerge from neo-liberal constraints). Recipes from different villages should be recorded both in written and in video format, research should be done by scholars from the continent


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