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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

REVIEW: What's Really in Your Christmas Dinner

OK just a quick report about tonight's What's Really in Your Christmas Dinner tv show on Channel 4.

After watching this show I am really really glad that I dug deep and paid £70 for a top organic and free range turkey from Clevely Park Organics.

The show covered the whole meal but the main course was, well, the main course. If people knew about the crappy conditions and breeding practices behind the meat we eat I think, no I know, they would think twice.

It might not happen over night...but a seed has been sown in their minds and when they are munching their cheap turkey they will remember that show if they saw it.

For all the reasons originally mentioned in our report on Supermarket Secrets including the underdeveloped bone structure, exposure to faeces, disease and a terribly poor existence in general, Raymond Blanc, the world renowned Chef, shows exactly what is physically wrong with a cheap turkey. He clearly demonstrates that whilst we may save cash we pay in terms of lower food quality and a cheapened gastronomic experience. Just to add to all of that the facts of the suffering of the bird and the unsustainable farming methods although meat in general is totally unsustainable to be honest.

The show also interviewed a pig farmer who made the interesting point that the UK is only about 45% self-sustainable, in terms of meat I guess, and that we have to rely on imports from locations with either lower regulation and/or less effective policing of any regulations that may exist. Be afraid. Be very afraid!

Why should you be afraid? Well the UK has higher meat farming standards and/or better standards policing than most of our EU neighbours apparently. A survey called PORK WATCH (cannot find website link) has been set up by a group of British Pig Farmers Wives to monitor where allegedly British pork comes from. It may say British on the front but it often says EU on the back which to me is plain scandalous.

Knowing where your food comes from is becoming more and more important.



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At 2:00 PM, Blogger lauren said...

Thanks for writing about this. Our food choices are a critical piece in the puzzle of creating a sustainable world. I bet that your holiday turkey will be delicious; looking forward to hearing your review of it!

PS - I've been reading and enjoying your blog for awhile. Congrats on the baby!

At 7:54 PM, Blogger clairesgarden said...

many seasonal and holiday blessing to everyone, on the subject of christmas dinner I have been a vegetarian for 25 years, I became one for the reasons pointed out on this broadcast, I wonder why it took so long for anybody else to notice? but then as as now, I find that the general public are not intersted and greet you with " I didn't watch it, I prefer not to know". it measures my life with palpable sorrow. however I continue with the mantra that I do all I can do and cannot carry everybody else.


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