David Suzuki's Food Connections

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David Suzuki's view on Western modern markets in "Food Connections"

In "Food Connections," David Suzuki views the supermarkets as a mass production that delivers food to the consumers creating a disconnection from "Mother Earth" (309). Suzuki has interpreted a detachment and dysfunction among the consumers and the land. He draws a parallel between consumers in the third world countries who are the traditional markets and its close connection to the land, with that of consumers from the supermarkets in the developed which has not only triggered various harmful outcomes to the environment but has shown a withdrawal from the consumers connections to the growers and land. Traditional markets give a sense of the growers and the community portraying a lifelike description of the environment of where the food originates. Suzuki stresses over how buyers in the developed nations have lost their connection with the Earth.

Developed countries have turned food into a disintegrated concept in supermarkets.

We have disregarded the unique value that food plays in our lives. In today's generation, food is seen as a commodity and has driven consumers to think that the food being produced is seen as a standard in supermarkets. Being able to purchase anything and everything from one store is great however, it restricts us to see the exclusive value of food. For instance, supermarkets have now equally compared food to technology, clothing, homes goods and beauty supplies by placing it on the same shelf. This results in consumers forgetting the role that nature plays within our lives. Having food all year around is an advantage that people don't seem to have a care for or even realize the importance of food and disregard the thought of where it originates. The industrialized societies have failed to keep the connection with food productions...