Behind Chinese' Infatuation with Wild Food

It will take the scientists some time to determine if the new corona virus is indeed naturally bred from a cohort of wild animals cramped into a crowded artificial space.

However, since young age, I have always wanted to understand why Chinese are infatuated with wild food. This is realized not only in their fantasizing with the consumption of game catch, but also indulgence with unusual plants with unclear active ingredients as herb medicine -- although every nation has some sort of herb medicine as their part of local culture, blind faith is not. The Danes have their own version, too. Indulgence means sensual faith that comes with a strong emotion when challenged.

After understanding the standard way of how a Chinese live (not mine), my conclusion is as follow: (and no, I don't think I am the first one to have come to such ideas...)

1. Chinese people do not like scientific training nor good eating habits (i.e. they know what is good but they hate to carry it out). They prefer eating something magical that would make them strong and healthy for the while. Weird looking animals and funny tasting rare plants seem to be good for such fantasies.

In fact, I have proposed the scientific alternatives to people of the older generations and they have explicitly turned down by saying "it is so much easier and time-saving just to pay and eat, you see?" and "this is cultural difference, don't try to change it".

Yeah money is all they've got and eating is all they're good at doing. That is so Chinese.

2. I like Denmark especially the way they deal with problems everybody around the globe has to face at some time point. For example, raising pigs. Pork is yummy but pigs are dirty and they eat whatever they are given such that they are easily tainted with pathogens that make people sick. The Muslims had resorted NOT to have pork on their dining tables, while Chinese had resorted to giving food residue from the human menu to them. Danish people tried to make the pigs live a healthy life with a healthy diet and thus produce top quality pork that turns into cash. Now talk about constructive thinking.
What the Chinese do with the pigs is highly reflective of what they do with food production in general -- they try to find out the cheapest way to produce the same volume of goods. As time passes by, food quality is perceptibly lowered and people would turn to wild sources for the same taste, texture and nutrition value and in fact a preference for such food source will present an edge in the process of natural selection (well, the risk can be balanced by having good cooking techniques, as most pathogens cannot survive prolonged heating)-- if an epidemic is induced, everyone is at risk actually, because everybody goes to the market to buy the ingredients, no matter what they eat.
Famous writers such as Mr. Ngai had openly complained about how food loses their original taste over the years. I have heard about the same thing from different people too.

Therefore I think setting up laws will not be effective to stop Chinese' infatuation with wild food ingredients. It would just create higher demands for criminal activities and further demolish any hope for "rule of law".

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This is so Chinese!