Millions of “beef” burgers were removed from supermarket shelves across the UK because they contain horse meat. The nation is outraged and justifiably so when it’s reported some burgers contain as much as 29% horse! The nation is then informed, as I discovered in the Telegraph newspaper, “Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’. Sometimes it’s difficult to know what to believe!
If we stand back from this scandal and horse meat was readily available in supermarkets and restaurants, would we knowingly eat it? Or is eating horse, a cultural taboo in some countries?
Our French neighbours for instance, readily consume horse meat along with frogs, rabbits, snails and other unmentionables parts which I’m far too squeamish to even contemplate. The French don’t make a song and dance about it so why do the Brits? Or is it just the Brits?
I’m not sure if they sell horse meat in Portugal – and if they did how would I know?
In China eating cats and dogs is common practice. Now that I find that bizarre.
And why are we (well me at least) disgusted at the thought of eating bugs?
According to National Geographic News “For Most People, Eating Bugs Is Only Natural” If I think eating bugs is gross apparently I may be in the cultural minority because throughout history people have relished insects as food, and today many cultures still do.
So are our eating habits conditioned by our culture?
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Related newspaper articles:
Mirror News Meat factory closes after horse found in 9 of 13 burgers
The Telegraph Horse meat in burgers ‘could be health risk’