I loved school dinners. It was in the days when the food was cooked in large metal dishes in big school kitchens and served up by dinner ladies with hairnet-like hats on their heads. Well, that’s how I remember it. At the end of the meal we all had to take our plates up to a table where there were two large, probably aluminium, bowls. One was for the cutlery and the other for the leftover food. I remember them because on one occasion I tipped my cutlery into the wrong bowl and watched my poor knife and fork slowly sink… I know that all this leftover food, hopefully with the cutlery removed, was then dispatched to a local pig farmer to feed the pigs.
I was reminded of this because just recently I interviewed a very elderly gentleman who once worked as a farm labourer on a farm on the South Downs. I asked him whether he remembered giving the pigs waste food and he told me how a lorry would go round the pubs and restaurants to pick up the waste food, bring it back to the farm and boil it up in huge tubs. It was then mixed with flour to stiffen it up and given to the pigs.
This practice has been banned for years now and it’s understandable because of the risks of spreading various diseases, but surely we are now scientifically adept enough to deal with this sort of problem?
I thought I’d just have a look and see if things were really as bad as I thought they were, when lo and behold, look what I found – http://thepigidea.org/
I’ve signed the pledge!