12 January, 2008

Join the flock

This has been the week of the chicken. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Jamie Oliver have been campaigning for improved conditions for broiler (i.e. those raised to eat rather than lay eggs) chickens. Cue lots of outrage from the poultry industry saying that actually the chickens are fine (yeah right!) and the public know all about it (hmmm really?). Well, you can probably guess what I'm going to say. I'm not a vegetarian but that doesn't make me callous about the welfare of animals. Personally, I would much rather eat an animal that has led as healthy and enjoyable a life before its demise than an intensively raised cheap antibiotic filled one. Plus they taste better and go further. Which reminds me - leftovers. We really ought to take our food decisions more seriously and waste less. Listen to this Food programme episode from a week ago to get some idea how much food gets wasted in the UK, and how much more could be done with it. And for a good book on how to shop, cook and eat more responsibly with lots of leftovers recipes, see The New English Kitchen by Rose Prince.

For more information on the Chicken Out campaign see here.

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