WEIGHTLINE 064: 86Kg
As we were walking along beautiful Ruakaka beach this afternoon and I was pondering what to write about today, my wife imparted a pearl of wisdom: "we are what we eat." So true - why has no-one else thought to coin that phrase?! I had been wondering how to talk about our food chain & the fact that we are so divorced from our food sources. It is no wonder we pay so little attention to the ingredients, they mean nothing to us in real terms!
When I was a young kid, around 6-7, my parents were living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. As expatriates, we had a young local family who lived with us & did all the cooking, cleaning etc. They had several kids about my age, so I spent a great deal of time with them. It was only natural that the mother would show me, as she was showing her children, how to kill & prepare a chicken for dinner. So, at age seven I was duly instructed on how to break the chicken's neck, pluck & eviscerate it. This I did & was also given clear information on how we should only do this to feed ourselves & as the animals were making a sacrifice for us, we should look after them well while they were alive. Although I remember being a bit hesitant at the time, it seemed logical to me. After all, we enjoyed eating chicken. Probably because of this experience, I feel it is a good idea for people to understand what exactly goes into their food & where it comes from. My aunt & uncle ran a farm in the UK & so later on I was also exposed to the raising & slaughtering of other animals.
Probably a large number of people would give up eating meat if they had to kill & prepare, or possibly even watch the process. But this is a large part of our food source. Those who do not eat free range eggs, should spend some time at a battery farm, caring for the chickens. Only by getting up close & personal do most people actually register the import of what is happening. Perhaps guided tours of abattoirs? Why do our children not learn about food at school? Every single food related class is optional. Kids should be taught where our food comes from, how it is processed, what is good for our health & what is not & they should all be taught how to prepare & cook simple meals. How many of you eat sausages at the good old Kiwi sausage sizzle? The cheapest sausages are always used & if you knew exactly what was in them, I guarantee you'd swear off them. You wouldn't even finish a mouthful! Most importantly, our kids should be taught to respect the animals that give their lives for us & help ensure they are treated well. Otherwise, that's just barbaric, isn't it?
How is it we have become so divorced that big food manufacturers can dictate what we eat simply by producing processed c**p cheaply. We choose what to eat simply by what it costs & how all the additives taste - madness!