Just cook locally

First published in Letters by

AND so the revelations keep on coming about processed meat and last week’s news about lasagne won’t be the last. The Food Standards Agency is supposed to be there to protect us, but it doesn’t appear to have been at the top of its game.

Meanwhile, what a wonderful boost for butchers and fresh food: processed food has convenience going for it, but nothing else.

Let’s hope these continuing scandals about horse meat encourage families to return to good old home cooking, with meat and veg bought locally, so ensuring freshness and helping small local traders.

Godfrey Bloom, UKIP MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.

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12:34pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Zetkin says...

Thanks Godfrey, all I need you to do now, is arrange for my working week to be halved, and my wage to be doubled, then I'll have the both enough cash to afford fresh local meat and veg, and enough time to prepare and cook it.
Thanks Godfrey, all I need you to do now, is arrange for my working week to be halved, and my wage to be doubled, then I'll have the both enough cash to afford fresh local meat and veg, and enough time to prepare and cook it. Zetkin
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12:50pm Tue 12 Feb 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

If more of us bought British the price should come down. There are economic benefits in bulk.
Also you would help prevent contamination from outside suppliers.
Finally, you would be helping to get our balance of trade under control and with that a reduction in the interest we have to pay to balance the books.
If more of us bought British the price should come down. There are economic benefits in bulk. Also you would help prevent contamination from outside suppliers. Finally, you would be helping to get our balance of trade under control and with that a reduction in the interest we have to pay to balance the books. ColdAsChristmas
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1:29pm Tue 12 Feb 13

Buzz Light-year says...

Indeed there are deeper issues wrapped up in all this. From perceived disposable income, raging capitalism, animal cruelty, lifestyle choices general attitudes to what we put in our mouths.

It leaves a nasty taste in my mouth to say this but I agree with Mr Bloom.

I think a lot of people have been led to believe that they should be eating gourmet food every night, thanks to celebrity chefs, TV cooking shows and advertising media.

We don't need a fancy cooked meal every evening but people feel pressured to produce it. Many don't have the time or money to buy in the raw ingredients and cook a lasagne or whatever from scratch so they buy convenience.

The biggest problem isn't that lack of time or money or corrupt suppliers - it's social pressure. Social pressure that doesn't even come from their peers, it comes from corporations.

It's easy enough to eat good wholesome food for cheap.
Indeed there are deeper issues wrapped up in all this. From perceived disposable income, raging capitalism, animal cruelty, lifestyle choices general attitudes to what we put in our mouths. It leaves a nasty taste in my mouth to say this but I agree with Mr Bloom. I think a lot of people have been led to believe that they should be eating gourmet food every night, thanks to celebrity chefs, TV cooking shows and advertising media. We don't need a fancy cooked meal every evening but people feel pressured to produce it. Many don't have the time or money to buy in the raw ingredients and cook a lasagne or whatever from scratch so they buy convenience. The biggest problem isn't that lack of time or money or corrupt suppliers - it's social pressure. Social pressure that doesn't even come from their peers, it comes from corporations. It's easy enough to eat good wholesome food for cheap. Buzz Light-year
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2:06pm Tue 12 Feb 13

alfie says...

Its cheaper to buy from the butchers! do your shopping at the weekend clifton offers a fruit and veg shop which is cheaper than tesco x2 butchers and a bakery.
Its cheaper to buy from the butchers! do your shopping at the weekend clifton offers a fruit and veg shop which is cheaper than tesco x2 butchers and a bakery. alfie
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4:44pm Tue 12 Feb 13

UsernameNotAvailable says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
If more of us bought British the price should come down. There are economic benefits in bulk.
Also you would help prevent contamination from outside suppliers.
Finally, you would be helping to get our balance of trade under control and with that a reduction in the interest we have to pay to balance the books.
How would that work? If we buy more British then yes we could import less, but also export less (as we're eating it instead) so the balance of trade won't change unless production sigificantly increases. Also increased demand increases prices.
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: If more of us bought British the price should come down. There are economic benefits in bulk. Also you would help prevent contamination from outside suppliers. Finally, you would be helping to get our balance of trade under control and with that a reduction in the interest we have to pay to balance the books.[/p][/quote]How would that work? If we buy more British then yes we could import less, but also export less (as we're eating it instead) so the balance of trade won't change unless production sigificantly increases. Also increased demand increases prices. UsernameNotAvailable
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8:30pm Tue 12 Feb 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

For a start it would help contain suspect products. Investigation is underway at a West Yorkshire slaughter house, imagine if this were somewhere in Eastern Europe, would we ever get to the bottom of it?
I agree, exports would suffer but with strict controls that should have been in place to start with, a significant export market of quality meat could remain.
Let us not forget what this is all about.
If you are buying a product it should contain what it says on the label and nothing else, being beef, horse, lamb or whatever.
For a start it would help contain suspect products. Investigation is underway at a West Yorkshire slaughter house, imagine if this were somewhere in Eastern Europe, would we ever get to the bottom of it? I agree, exports would suffer but with strict controls that should have been in place to start with, a significant export market of quality meat could remain. Let us not forget what this is all about. If you are buying a product it should contain what it says on the label and nothing else, being beef, horse, lamb or whatever. ColdAsChristmas
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1:16pm Wed 13 Feb 13

UsernameNotAvailable says...

My point is, there is only so much meat that the UK can produce. It's not possible to replace imports to any significance *and* keep up exports at the same time. Problem is people expect meat with every meal these days, rather than a quality treat. Until the demand for cheap cr@p reduces then imports will be necessary.
My point is, there is only so much meat that the UK can produce. It's not possible to replace imports to any significance *and* keep up exports at the same time. Problem is people expect meat with every meal these days, rather than a quality treat. Until the demand for cheap cr@p reduces then imports will be necessary. UsernameNotAvailable
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