waltonsI will never enjoy watching the Walton’s. Not for the reason of popular assumption, that the relations between the two older siblings were so uncomfortably flirtatious. Nor to the fact that they lived in a perpetual state of poverty despite owning an entire mountain! My distaste for this vile family came from my dear mother’s utter love for it and her forced weekly exposure, during our family ritual of Sunday lunch. Whenever I am unfortunate enough to catch a glimpse of this depressingly positive show of family values, hidden incest and that ‘slit ya wrists’ dreary soundtrack, the taste of my mother’s over cooked chicken and the stuffed tummy that shortly follows, is quick to fill my memory. Chicken was, despite my complete love affair with lamb, regrettably always on the menu. Being the cheapest meat to buy for such a large amount, it is the ideal choice for feeding a family of our size; my twin brother and I would each get a leg, Steven the youngest would get a small portion of breast, my Mother and Step Father would get the left over cuttings and the wings, my dear sister would of course get her fare share and rather frustratingly, never finish eating it. When the price is so cheap, however bland it maybe, families are always inclined to purchase such excellent deals, completely oblivious to the reason this meat is as ridiculously cheap, the story of the chickens life a brutal tortuous one, that would make all of their forks curl at the very knowledge! With this in mind, when a highly branded family values company, produce a product and bring it to market, they would never use the masses of poorer families to make money and exploit this natural impulse to spend as little to gain as much, Surely such beasts don’t exist, do they?

Certainly, it seems true enough that there’s a good deal of irony in the world… I mean, if you live in a world full of politicians and advertising, there’s obviously a lot of deception. Kenneth Koch

1984_by_alcook-d4z39dhFooling the masses into thinking that the food they’re buying is one thing, but in actual fact is another, far cheaper alternative, echoes the fictitious mass producing actions of a government controlled dystopian diet. However, this is not 1984, and we as consumers have rights, or at least we do if we are ever lucky enough for the many watch dog unions set in place to protect us end users from any kind of contamination, harmful, unethical or otherwise happen by complete chance, to find out. Nevertheless, the Horsemeat scandal could in fact be a huge blessing in disguise. Certainly not for the viciously vast companies involved that could ever allow for such contamination:

  • The abattoirs
  • The factory
  • The company
  • The supermarket that clearly has no idea what it’s putting on its shelve

TescoIn an age of triple dip recessions, these companies are declaring profits in the billions, which certainly make sense considering all the corners they’ve cut, and this begs to ask the question; what other avenues are being exploited? Regardless of their success through our blindness, the fated conclusion to this repulsive deception is about to be served to them and thankfully us; and it is a dish served as wholesome and romantic as it is ironic.

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own. Cesar Chavez

With no clear signs of abating, the Horsemeat scandal trots on, with the Food Standards Agency now calling for an inquiry into how non-beef products ended up in supermarket burgers and processed food. Enter the trustworthy independent family butcher. Butchers have had a tough semicentennial. Unable to compete with the staggeringly low prices of Tesco’s and the like, these butchers are slowly returning to their former glory. News of these processed meats being shipped from foreign, cheaper lands, the consumers habits are evolving, and as a result local butchers have seen a 30% increase in sales. Former Labour environment minister Ben Bradshaw has said he would not buy or eat processed beef products, because the government cannot offer assurances about what is in them. This is indeed wonderful news for UK farmers and butchers alike. As it would certainly appear that meat, is finally coming home.