Eating in Third World Country

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Carlos Contreras
Professor Jeff Scott
English 1001
April 25, 2013
Eating In a Third World Country
I was born in Colombia, a country considered for some to be part of the “Third World Countries” along with most of the countries in Central and South America, Africa, and some countries in Asia (Nations Online). Eating habits in Colombia when I grew up were different that they are today but they have not changed in the same way eating habits in United States have changed for the pasts forty years. I moved to United States about eight years ago, and getting used to the eating habits in this country was a painful process. In his article “The Food Movement Rising” Michael Pollen describes how and why food habits have changed since the early 1970s, how these changes have affected society and economy, and how some people have joined forces and created different groups trying to make people conscious about the consequences of these changes in eating habits (Pollan). I believe the way my family and I eat agrees with some of the arguments Michael Pollan writes in his article.

When I was about 12 years old my mother decided that I was old enough to go with her to buy the food for the family, she took me to a place called “Plaza de Mercado” or marketplace in English; this place, was a big warehouse where the farmers or peasants from different regions of the country were able to bring their produce to the city and try to sell them. There were many of those marketplaces among the city but the one that my mother liked was a big one. Like any other teenager, I did not like the idea of going out with my mother, waking up around 4:00 am, driving to the place, going around and listening to her bargain with every farmer about everything she bought, and then carrying everything back to the car that was always parked far away; that was not a plan for a twelve year old boy I thought. After the first time I went I started to like it because I got free samples of every kind fruits...
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