The recent outrage about Irish horse meat in Tesco burgers has raised the issue of what goes into our food and its security.
The debate goes on about whether horse meat is harmful or tasty enough but to argue this misses the point entirely.
If horse meat can find its way into the system illegally what other meat can get there ?
Britain is awash with cheap meat in fact - much of it on display at weekends in the form of naturally enhanced J Lo's and bingo wings. In the more ravaged parts of war time Europe doubtless there were spivs able to trade meat no matter how desperate the situation "Psssst - got a luvly bit of pork on offer."
An account of war time Kiev (Babi Yar) explains drearily how "The cats and dogs disappeared pretty quickly." Under conditions where hunger occupies every thought never underestimate the power of denial and the refusal to question a 'good thing.' It is no miracle that so many survived where the lands were scorched, besieged and 'foodless'. In fact Darwin's Natural Selection should be renamed Survival of the Nastiest rather than Survival of the Fittest - that would better reflect the explosion in obesity in the west.
"Eight Burgers £1 !" Screams the sale signs in our supermarkets.
I'd rather not think about what might have gone into our food. At that price I think it would be a bit of a cheek to ask. In fact a bit of cheek is probably the best that you're going to get out of a deal like that.