I was surfing on YouTube today and found an interesting video from the Japanese Government on the issue of food security and the global chain.
First off, I was surprised to see that Japan imports 64% of its foods from countries such as New Zealand, the United States and Canada. Secondly, this video heavily supports the growing issue with competition between consumable food and food as a fuel source. This problem derived from this trend can be felt throughout the world.
Putting that aside, the root of this message seems to be to buy local and return to a more traditional Japanese diet. This would allow an individual to remain healthy with a well-rounded diet and help the Japanese economy. This is evident when the cartoon characters changed to a more westernized meal and gain weight. Then in the grocery store they loose their weight when they shop for Japanese goods.
In any case, any individual or economy can be enhanced with a bit of local flavour through a touch of consumer ethnocentrism...just don’t go overboard, we do live in a diverse and global economy.