There are many things Americans can learn from other countries in terms of food culture. For examples, in china, only the older generations still shop everyday in the market, then go home and cook traditional dishes everyday. The ingredients are fresh everyday. Compared to china’s fresh ingredients everyday, American cuisine is shaped by the wealth of the country. Such as corn syrup and other genetically modified food. There are many independent farms in china, they grow their own crops to sell to the local market. There are not many genetically modified food. While the Chinese does not have a country food identity, Americans have a strong unified food identity of meat culture. Americans are strongly associated with steak. Food can also be seen as an identity of status. The poor in america can only afford corn meat. Corn meat is when the beef is fed an all corn diet. When that happens the cow gets heavier faster. The Chinese does not have this problem. Since the Chinese mostly eats freshly prepared ingredients prepared mostly by local farmers. There are many local farms supplying the local community with fresh food.