Well, you can try them all on Wednesday 25th April, at the JORNADA GASTRONÓMICA. This annual CSIM event will again take place in the garden outside the Law faculty cafeteria, from 18.00-20.00.
You are very welcome to come with your classmates. As well as dishes from over a dozen different cultures, there’ll be a food quiz with many prizes. You can win a meal for two people in an international restaurant in Madrid .
Food is Culture
Maybe not in the same way as literature, music and fine arts, but if you think of culture as an expression of your social identity, culture with a small c, it most certainly is. Just think about the last time you spent some time abroad. I bet what you missed most, after your family and friends, was your favourite food.
Although we live in a global world nowadays, there are some very big regional differences in what people like to eat. To Europeans, for example, it seems strange that many Chinese people have a strong aversion to cheese, and many in the developed world wouldn’t find it easy to eat a dish of fried locusts or mealworms.
You don’t even have to go very far to find such big cultural differences regarding food. For many English people on holiday in France or Spain , eating snails, frogs legs or octopus seems revolting. And after they have enjoyed a meal of roast lamb in a Castilian village, they may be horrified to hear that the meat came from a lamb just a few weeks old.
It is not only the food, but the way we eat it too. For many of us, sitting at a table with everything on a single plate, a knife in your right hand and a fork in your left is the universal way to eat. But in other cultures food is consumed while sitting on the ground, or from many small dishes or eaten with fingers.
Food Waste and Hunger
Did you know that in developed countries an average of 100 kilograms of food is wasted by each person every year? That means each of us throws away around 2 kilograms of food every week on average! Click here for some eye-opening facts about the way we waste food.
In theory, the world produces enough food to feed everyone. World agriculture produces 17 percent more calories per person today than it did 30 years ago, despite a 70 percent population increase. This is enough to provide everyone in the world with at least 2,720 kilocalories (kcal) per person per day, in theory.
Yet hunger is the world’s number 1 health risk, killing more people than AIDS, malaria and tubercolosis combined. Further, while childhood obesity is becoming a big health problem in the same countries, in the developing world one child in every four is underweight and probably suffering from malnutrition.
I hope this food for thought doesn’t prevent you from enjoying a splendid afternoon in the Derecho gardens on the 21st. See you there!