Saturday, February 25, 2017

Vietnam's Low-tech Food System Takes Advantage of Decay

Via Jonathan and David

Street food in hanoi
In the 12 years I have spent here, I have really eaten in a restaurant.  Food on the street is bettter and cheaper.

The food system in the industrialised world is based on mass-production, global distribution, and constant refrigeration. It requires many resources and produces a lot of food waste.

Aaron Vansintjan takes to the streets of Hanoi, where the Vietnamese practice a food culture based largely on fermentation.

Although food spoils much faster in a tropical climate, the Vietnamese will often store it without refrigeration, and instead take advantage of controlled decay. Vietnam's decentralised food system has low energy inputs and reduced food waste, giving us a glimpse of what an alternative food system might look like.

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  1. Good article. Modern preservatives are unhealthy.

    1. I do well eating off the streets where food has been sitting out for a prolonged period of time,