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Daria
post Jun 8 2007, 05:59 PM
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Whilst procrastinating at work today, I came across this article on the Beeb's website. Apparently, "...22% of 1,073 adults questioned did not know bacon and sausages originate from farms". Well, call me stupid, but where the hell else would they come from?!
Is this one of those statistics where that 22% answered "from a butchers", but they just fiddled it to make them look stupid? Or are there really people out there who don't know where meat products come from?
I grew up in rural Suffolk, where we would "honk to the piggies" as we went past a field of them wallowing in the mud (a practise, only started after my mum accidentaly pressed the horn as we were going past some once) and where my little brother's first commonly used phrase was "tractor smell" for something resembling silage. My friends live on farms (both arable and livestock), I could tell you what is growing in a field by looking at it, and we buy our veg from a roadside stall. So I guess I could be biased on this subject of people knowing where their food comes from. But it does seem just a leetle ridiculous that parents, let alone their children, can't tell the difference between a cow and a horse ("Some parents see our piebald ponies, which are black and white, and think they're cows"), or that kids don't realise that the ham they are eating actually comes from something that was once alive and had to be killed so they could eat it ("Someone made a remark about the ham coming from pigs, and that horrified the children as they hadn't made the connection.").
Can you guess I'm a vegetarian? tongue.gif

What do you think? Are there really people ignorant as this? How can the problem be solved, or is it even a problem?


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post Jun 8 2007, 07:23 PM
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During the Second World War, when all the children were evacuated from London to the countryside, a lot of them were in shock at some very basic things.

One of them was that the milkman didn't make milk, cows did.

The easier something becomes, the more people take it for granted. It is easy to go down to the shops and buy a whole host of items. Exotics meats, fruits, vegetables, you name it. But hold up an avocado and ask what country you can find them naturally growing and most people would be stumped. Mexico and Central America, if you are wondering. wink.gif

And frankly it is the same for other things. How many people here can describe exactly how electricity works even though they use it almost constantly? Most people can't even bake bread, but that's been the most staple foodstuff for most of the world for thousands and thousands of years.

Because people don't have to know, they don't make an effort to know. It may seem like a sad thing, but ask yourself this question. How much more information do people these days have to retain rather than in previous times? So much is going on in the world, there's so much to learn, and there have been so many discoveries, that it's only natural that we would prioritise what exactly we stuff our grey cells with.

I'm hopeless at explaining the rules of football even though it's almost like a religion in this country, but I can name the capitals of almost every country in the world.

Oh, and I had to look up where avocado's come from. wink.gif


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- Daria   Bacon, from the Bacon animal   Jun 8 2007, 05:59 PM
- - pgrmdave   I can't believe that people really are that ig...   Jun 8 2007, 06:05 PM
- - CheeseMoose   I agree with Dave here, I think the survey was pro...   Jun 8 2007, 07:06 PM
|- - Greeneyes   Honestly, I'm not really sure it's a probl...   Jun 8 2007, 08:16 PM
- - Calantyr   During the Second World War, when all the children...   Jun 8 2007, 07:23 PM
- - sirdudly   QUOTE (Calantyr @ Jun 8 2007, 12:23 PM) M...   Jun 8 2007, 07:48 PM
|- - candice   QUOTE (sirdudly @ Jun 8 2007, 08:48 PM) Q...   Jun 8 2007, 08:29 PM
- - Snugglebum the Destroyer   QUOTE How many people here can describe exactly ho...   Jun 8 2007, 08:32 PM
- - Calantyr   Oooh! That sounds like fun! Lets give all ...   Jun 8 2007, 08:44 PM
|- - CheeseMoose   QUOTE (Calantyr @ Jun 8 2007, 09:44 PM) O...   Jun 9 2007, 09:43 AM
||- - Greeneyes   QUOTE (CheeseMoose @ Jun 9 2007, 10:43 AM...   Jun 9 2007, 05:11 PM
||- - Radaga   QUOTE (CheeseMoose @ Jun 9 2007, 06:43 AM...   Jun 18 2007, 05:46 PM
|- - Sir_Psycho_Sexy   QUOTE (Calantyr @ Jun 8 2007, 09:44 PM) M...   Jun 9 2007, 10:50 AM
|- - Pixiegoth   QUOTE (Sir_Psycho_Sexy @ Jun 9 2007, 11:5...   Jun 9 2007, 10:57 AM
- - moop   Veal becomes tortured baby cows (does anyone else ...   Jun 9 2007, 10:18 AM
- - sirdudly   Haggis would be properly labeled if the forums gav...   Jun 9 2007, 05:25 PM
- - Mata   Black pudding still wins the 'most repulsive s...   Jul 7 2007, 10:58 PM
- - Daria   Unfortunately, Mata, unless a fish is line-caught,...   Jul 11 2007, 09:25 AM
- - Mata   QUOTE (Daria @ Jul 11 2007, 10:25 AM) Unf...   Jul 11 2007, 10:04 PM


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