Plate Britain

Everyone loves bacon, right? Well, except my vegetarian girlfriend, but I’m working on that.

I’d imagine, after the ubiquitous chicken, bacon is right up there as one Britain’s most popular meats. Indeed, we apparently get through 800,000 tonnes of it a year. The problem is,  the vast majority of this is really not very good quality. As this report in the Telegraph says, the majority of it is made from imported pigs, reared in very poor conditions. Not only is this cruel on the pigs (which are of course extremely intelligent animals, more than capable of outwitting me at most things) but animals raised this way undoubtedly produce low quality pork and bacon.

On top of this, mass produced bacon is cured in a manner which gets it on the shelves quickly but results in a significantly inferior product. As Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says in his Meat book, rather than rubbing…

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