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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 Jul 7 2007, 10:58 PM
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Black pudding still wins the 'most repulsive sounding foodstuff' competition for me. It tastes nice though! In many parts of the world it's common for tribes to drink blood or eat blood-based products, which puts the British fussiness into context. We are spoilt by choice, and because of this we are very wasteful. How much of the pig actually gets eaten?

I've never been fully vegetarian: I've eaten a largely vegetarian diet for quite a few years at various points because of people I've been with, but I've never chosen to deliberately not eat meat. Just from feeling how my body reacts to food, I know that chicken and fish contains stuff that my body really likes getting, and that's a sense that I don't get as much from vegetables. Perhaps that's because I eat vegetables all the time, whereas meat isn't so common.

The trouble is, the older I get, the more concern I'm feeling for the conditions in which the animals have lived. Fish isn't so bad, because mostly they are caught in the wild (although I don't have cod because of the rapidly dwindling amounts of them left), but chicken is a more difficult issue. How do I know where it's come from? What standard of treatment is okay enough? Barn hens are definitely better off than battery hens, but it's still not a great life. I just don't know, but my body craves chicken if I haven't had it for a while. Maybe this could be overcome with a very well balanced diet of vegetables, but I do also really like chicken when I have it. Another omnivore wouldn't mind eating me, so why should this vague sentience mean that I will act otherwise?


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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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