The Globalization of Food & Plants

Take a look at your evening meal and what do you see? Common foods that are so much a part of daily sustenance that you would hardly suspect they originated in another country. But it is true.

Most of the foods that we commonly eat today are the product of globalization. And often a globalization that began centuries before the term came into use. Next time you eat one of the foods highlighted in the following articles imagine what life would be like if that food had never left its home country.

Please click on the links below to learn about the various foods that have made a significant impact in our life today.

Spices
The quest for spices contributed to colonialism and global empires
 
 
 

The Potato
From wild tuber to the French fry, the potato has withstood traveled the world
 
 
 

Coffee
First thing in the morning or after dinner, what would we do without coffee?
 
 
 

The Tomato
From pizza and spaghetti and meatballs to salsa and rogan josh, the tomato has adapted to every cuisine and continues to please
 
 
 

Tea
That cup of steaming tea has traveled a long way - the history of tea reveals globalization’s best and worst sides
 
How a Soothing Drink Changed Fortunes and Incited Protests
 

Chili
The chili pepper has been with many cultures for a long time
 
 
 

Tobacco
First cultivated in the Americas, tobacco spread around the world with its true nature in disguise