As Britain and other developed Western countries strip back the layers involved in the food supply system following revelations about horse meat being substituted in beef products, what is shocking, for me, is not so much the misleading labelling but that any mass produced dish comprises ingredients which have passed through multiple countries and agencies to reach a supermarket shelf. A steak pie can be called "British" if it was packed in this country, even if the ever more frozen sad meat came via Mexico, Romania,Holland, Cyprus, Luxembourg and France, in all of which places something happened to it, to reach the final assembly plant where other wildly international and anonymous ingredients are added.
By this time any memory of the living animals (or plants) which were killed to give us this food has been obliterated, and indeed I suspect the killing process in a far distant abattoir may not have been kind. It is not surprising that processed foods, put together in this way, are unhealthy, lacking vitality and energy whatever the label says: just as we exude through our aura how we feel, so too does our food, and if it has been nurtured with love, and taken for us with honour, its gift of goodness and nourishment will be many times more than otherwise. Sadly, "otherwise" is too often the case.
Good comes from all that happens, and while this developing scandal over hidden horse and other meat may be catastrophic financially for a number of companies who have profited hugely by unethical or criminal food production, it may be that struggling meat and vegetable farmers will find that they benefit as people look to buy fresh, even organic products as locally as possible, and learn to appreciate the importance of food quality over cheapness when they can. This may prove to be a turning point in our attitude about what is acceptable practice regarding the production of our food, and what and how we choose to buy, and that would be wonderful.
In the end, food does not have to be expensive or complicated to be delicious and nutritious: let it be simple, let it be local, let it be loved.]]>