Something that was fascinating to me: thinking about the relationship between food and culture. The idea of a “staple”–how does that come about?
Could you expand on that a little bit-the idea of a “staple”?
Where a particular food item is thought of as culturally specific. For example in East Asia-or all nearly all of Asia, rice is thought of as the “staple.” And in México, the tortilla.
Or you think of maíz–the significance of maíz, which has such a spiritual place in Meso-American cultures. It is at the center of being, in one sense.
And then, things become complicated when state policies concerning agriculture enter the picture. For example, considering subsidies: in the United States, a significant amount of public money goes toward agricultural subsidies. Agriculture is, likewise, supported by public monies in México, but at a significantly lesser rate. A significant portion of the corn consumed in México is grown in the United States…