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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.").
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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, 07:06 PM
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I agree with Dave here, I think the survey was probably set out to find people are ignorant. I was also suspicious of the first bit of the article where it says "many of us are unaware that our food is actually grown, bred or created on a British farm." A British farm. Now, I know bacon comes from pigs, but is what I'm eating from Britain? I have no idea, and I wouldn't expect most people to either. That may have contributed to the figures that the survey got.

On a similar note, I've long been of the mind that meat shouldn't be labeled pork or beef or mutton, but pig, cow and sheep. It might help in people realising what they're eating. And before you ask, no I'm not vegetarian, I fully support the eating of animals, but I think if people don't know that it's a pig they're eating, as that survey suggests, then maybe they should be told.

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post Jun 8 2007, 08:16 PM
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Honestly, I'm not really sure it's a problem. Although I am rather suspicous of people not knowing that bacon comes from a pig.

QUOTE (CheeseMoose @ Jun 8 2007, 08:06 PM) *
On a similar note, I've long been of the mind that meat shouldn't be labeled pork or beef or mutton, but pig, cow and sheep. It might help in people realising what they're eating.

Is that really important though? I mean, I tend to think of my food as food. It doesn't bother me to think that I'm handling animal muscle when I'm cooking or anything, but honestly, if I had some mysteriously named meat, aside from concerns about whether it's ok to eat, I'm not sure I really care about what animal it came from.

Also, I think giving meats different names helps for selling them. I mean, would you prefer some bacon and eggs, or would you rather have some chicken ova with sliced pig-butt? And would people really want to buy haggis if it was called stomach filled with lungs-and-other-parts-of-sheep-you-didn't-know-were-edible?

As for making people realise what they're eating, could the same effect not be gained by simply adding a note on the packaging somewhere?

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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
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- - 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
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- - 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
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