I have been an allotment grower and smallholder for over twenty years now. The horse meat scandal in England makes me want to express some of my thoughts.
Did you know that most vegetables in our supermarkets are sprayed with harmful chemicals that kill wildlife and flora? These chemicals are also strongly linked to some cancers.
Most farm animals end up in the slaughter house unless they are ill and full of drugs or got TB.
Any bovine farm animal in Europe is required by law to have an annual TB test in a cattle crush. The cattle crush is compulsory and all farmers have to have one. Horses do not not need to be tested. So why have them in the food factories?
Bulls (old or young) are killed and sold as beef. Old sows are killed and sold as bacon. Then we wonder some times why our meat is tough.
It's pleasing to hear that people are moving away from processed food. Lets support our local farmers and butchers and green grocers and allotment growers. But ask for traditional breeds of beef like Aberdeen Angus or Hereford. Ask them to mince the steak in front of you. Ask the green grocer for a certain brand of carrot:
"Have you got any "Nantes" carrots, please?"
It's your money after all, so don't settle for anything but the best.
Better still grow some traditional veg with no nasty chemicals. Get an allotment or even buy or rent a smallholding. I often see cheap smallholdings for sale here in Ireland, Scotland and Portugal. Lets make the countryside alive again. The only way you will know if your food is chemical free and what breed or variety you want is to grow it and raise it yourself.
Thursday, 14 February 2013
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