Editor's Comment: It's time to support our local butchers
WHEN you stop and think about the current crisis surrounding horse meat entering the British food chain, it beggars belief that we don't have enough information about where our food comes from.
We are now being told that products being sold to us as beef could be horse meat from as far afield as Romania. When you live in a city like Bristol, surrounded by counties covered in farmland, you can't help but feel this is a situation of our own making as consumers.
Of course the onus should be on the supermarkets to have a better idea where their meat comes from. If you charge people for a product that says "100% beef" on the packet, then you should be able to back that up.
But the rest of us have the option of buying meat we can be certain of. Be it North Street or East Street in Bedminster, Gloucester Road or Kingswood and Horfield, every area still has its own butcher.
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As Dave Kelly, from Ruby and White in Clifton says, not only do they know exactly where their meat comes from, they can tell customers what the animal had to eat the day before it was slaughtered.
Contrast that with the furrowed brows in the meat industry as people try to explain why products are having to be pulled from the shelves.
We have a proud farming tradition in this country. Now is the time to support our own producers.