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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 11 2007, 10:04 PM
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QUOTE (Daria @ Jul 11 2007, 10:25 AM) *
Unfortunately, Mata, unless a fish is line-caught, there will be a big impact to the surrounding environment because of the methods they choose to fish with (trawling, big nets etc etc) so farm bred fish are actually better for other marine life than sea-caught.

I mostly eat line-caught tuna, so there are worse things that I could be eating smile.gif I also eat mackerel, and I'm not too sure of the source for that. I think the salmon is farmed and I eat the offcuts anyway, so it's usually stuff that would otherwise be thrown away by the industry (although it's still very tasty, it just doesn't have that sliced salmon presentation).

I know what you mean about feeling groggy after eating meat, although I really only get that with red meat, beef in particular. It usually seems to weigh heavily in my stomach afterwards, although it probably isn't helped that I usually only have beef as part of a large meal with alcohol, so I'd probably feel stuffed and tired afterwards anyway! I don't think I ever get cravings for beef, mostly it's chicken or oily fish like mackerel. About once every couple of months I seem to need lamb, but I think that's because I have a fairly low-fat diet and lamb is quite fatty.


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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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