Sunday, February 24, 2013

Eating horses and Lies on the Plate, a must read from Slow Food International





Being a vegetarian has many advantages, and one is that I don't eat horse simply because I don't eat beef either (or lamb, or pork, or chicken, or... you name it). Of course you never know these days! I never buy ready made food as I tend to cook from scratch, but I do travel a lot and have to rely on restaurants and already prepared food then. For all I know the vegetarian patties they serve me may be cooked in pork fat or being flavored with chicken feathers, and more than once I detected alien flesh flavors, and felt really upset about the lies.

Anyway, back to horses:

I read many opinions about horse meat in the UK food, ranging for people who say that horse meat is very good and it is stupid to be fussy (good point, after all it becomes pet food, but I bet these people won't eat dog), to those who say that food will cost more money if we were to apply stricter controls (hallo????), and it is all very interesting, but there is only one short piece that I really would like to share with you, as it is something I finally agree with.

Lies on the Plate | Slow Food International - Good, Clean and Fair food.

Although I am a vegetarian I don't judge meat eaters (as I don't want to be discriminated myself for my choices), and whatever is our "food belief" I think that we should always have the right information.

What do you think?

10 comments:

  1. I agree that respecting people's non-criminal life choices even if they do not match your own is important to a healthy society. But having the correct information upon which to base your choice is also critical - no matter what that choice is. Whatever I choose to eat is based on MY choice, not someone else's assumption.

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    1. Thank you Red, and I like to add that the worst thing here is that food producers are very aware of the assumption that British consumers didn't want to eat horse, this is why they didn't put it in the labels.

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  2. I quite agree - as I live in the UK I am appalled by the corruption and fraudulent behaviour of food producers - it is the lies (as you say) that is most annoying. Personally I don't want to eat horse meat but I'd like the option, not to be sold horse meat parading as beef. Hopefully I haven't been caught out by this because I cook my food from scratch - I have the occasional blip though and there are times when something that needs no preparation is unavoidable. Transparency is what is needed.

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    1. Yes Jennifer, I like the word transparency!

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  3. Totally agree...you just want to know what you are eating & where it has come from so that you can make an informed choice that you are comfortable with. Very happy I can cook!!

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    1. Yes, it feels strange to buy read made lasagne...

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  4. Sono pienamente d'accordo con te. Io non amo la carne, lo ammetto. Non la mangio praticamente mai.. e se lo devo fare (purtroppo per questioni di salute, tra varie allergie che mi impediscono di assumere perfino legumi.. pena il ricovero un'altra volta) prediligo il pollo o il tacchino. Anche io non giudico chi la mangia, ma almeno ci dovrebbe essere correttezza nei confronti dei consumatori: è il minimo! TVB!

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    1. Grazie Ely. Ma dimmi, il tofu lo puoi mangiare?

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  5. Questo è Billy, mangia le carote dal mio orto :-)

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