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(Telegraph)   Fewer than half of young UK adults know butter comes from cows, a third do not know eggs come from hens   (telegraph.co.uk) divider line 195
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2012-06-14 02:44:45 AM
I'd be willing to bet that if you asked U.S. residents in the same age bracket these questions they'd give similar answers. There are plenty of people of all ages in the U.K. and the U.S. who 1) have never seen a cow, pig, chicken, or any other farm animals except on TV or in a book, 2) and their only connection with these products is at a grocery store.
 
2012-06-14 02:48:42 AM
Butter comes from cows? Is there anything they can't do?
 
2012-06-14 03:01:35 AM

Confabulat: Butter comes from cows? Is there anything they can't do?


Indeed. They give us steak and hamburgers too.

But pigs are even better. They give us bacon, ham and pork chops. They're a wonderful, magical animal!
 
2012-06-14 03:03:44 AM
I have three kids in U.S. public schools. There are facts every day that get mentioned where I ask them "Didn't you go over that in school by now?" The answer is always no. I mean easy things like who Teddy Roosevelt was or how the nervous system works. You would think schools would cover that kind of thing by 10th grade. It's not like these are stupid kids they are in all AP and honor classes but schools just push reading and math anymore around here. It gets better around 10th grade because high school students are tested on more than just Math and English examinations. The other subjects just seem to get what ever time and resources are left over. Our old middle school had 2 periods a day of Math and English. One period alternated between science and social studies every other day. One was lunch and the last was for gym / elective. If kids wanted to take a foreign language they had to give up their free time before and during homeroom.

You wanted standardized testing to be the measuring stick for funding then you get schools only giving a shiat about what is on the test.
 
2012-06-14 03:26:27 AM

Bathia_Mapes: I'd be willing to bet that if you asked U.S. residents in the same age bracket these questions they'd give similar answers. There are plenty of people of all ages in the U.K. and the U.S. who 1) have never seen a cow, pig, chicken, or any other farm animals except on TV or in a book, 2) and their only connection with these products is at a grocery store.


No shut up Bathia. I know all that to be untrue. Ribeyes will not grow unless they are between a styrofoam tray and some clear stretchy wrap. The stickers were originally used to encourage the steak's growth, the backside is loaded with nutrients. I'm glad they wisened up and printed on the other side, OUR side, because it was 50% wasteful otherwise.
 
2012-06-14 04:12:04 AM
What are you talking about? Cows don't come from hens.
 
2012-06-14 04:26:26 AM
Eggs come from all sorts of animals.

And as for butter....
 
2012-06-14 04:40:38 AM
I wouldn't be at all surprised to find out that butter is really made from etrochemical feedstock mixed with commodity proteins made in China.
 
2012-06-14 04:43:15 AM

mr_a: mixed with commodity proteins melamine made in China.


More likely.
 
2012-06-14 05:37:17 AM

violentsalvation: Bathia_Mapes: I'd be willing to bet that if you asked U.S. residents in the same age bracket these questions they'd give similar answers. There are plenty of people of all ages in the U.K. and the U.S. who 1) have never seen a cow, pig, chicken, or any other farm animals except on TV or in a book, 2) and their only connection with these products is at a grocery store.

No shut up Bathia. I know all that to be untrue. Ribeyes will not grow unless they are between a styrofoam tray and some clear stretchy wrap. The stickers were originally used to encourage the steak's growth, the backside is loaded with nutrients. I'm glad they wisened up and printed on the other side, OUR side, because it was 50% wasteful otherwise.


Hilarious.
 
2012-06-14 07:47:49 AM
On that Jamie Oliver show in WV, he showed an eggplant to some kids and asked if anyone knew what it was. Nobody knew, and one kid said, "A pear?"
 
2012-06-14 08:50:26 AM
And cheese comes from a box marked 'Velveeta.'
 
2012-06-14 08:52:44 AM

sweetmelissa31: On that Jamie Oliver show in WV, he showed an eggplant to some kids and asked if anyone knew what it was. Nobody knew, and one kid said, "A pear?"


Trick question: it was an aubergine.
 
2012-06-14 11:20:38 AM
I know a young man from the UK, this makes perfect sense.
 
2012-06-14 11:21:35 AM
images.wikia.com
 
2012-06-14 11:24:12 AM
...And 2/3 don't know where toothpaste comes from.
 
2012-06-14 11:25:07 AM
A third don't know that they came from the postman.
 
2012-06-14 11:25:10 AM
I have no idea what you are all talking about.

I milk my wheat and collect the eggs it lays every morning before I retrieve bacon from the tree in my front yard.
 
2012-06-14 11:25:51 AM
No, they all come from ShopRite
 
2012-06-14 11:25:55 AM
Shockingly, over 90 percent didn't realize edible food came from the United Kingdom.

Just kidding, UK Farkers. Keep a stiff upper lip and all that.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:01 AM
I just want to take this moment to thank subby for saying fewer rather than less.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:01 AM
Dear Lord. Please make this article a hoax.


"rapeseed oil" is the only thing I like about salads.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:19 AM
One common argument in vegetarian circles is that people have become too disconnected from their food: they no longer draw the relationship between what exactly they eat and where it comes from. I disagree with the conclusions they draw from this observation, but I do think there's something to the observation itself.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:24 AM
 
2012-06-14 11:26:24 AM
LIES! Butter comes from the dairy aisle.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:31 AM
Everyone knows McRibs come from a raccoon.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:45 AM
"What's for breakfast?" "Well, some of it's still in the cow, some of it's under the hen and the rest is in the pigsty, and doesn't know what trouble it's in."

/Obscure, for sure.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:51 AM
If only these people also didn't know penis goes in the vagina.
 
2012-06-14 11:26:51 AM
No Soylent Green references? Come on guys!
 
2012-06-14 11:27:01 AM
FTA "67% were able to link eggs to an image of a hen but 11% thought they came from wheat or maize"

WTF?!

Even my five year old knows where his food comes from (but that's only because we spent two years on a farm)
 
2012-06-14 11:27:21 AM

HailRobonia: [images.wikia.com image 575x431]


More like:

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2012-06-14 11:28:15 AM
I don't know about that stuff, I do know that:
Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man.
In a factory downtown.
If I had my little way I'd eat peaches everyday. Sun soakin bulges in the shade
 
2012-06-14 11:28:19 AM
I've always made sure my kids know where their food is coming from. We live in the 'food belt' so it's not really hard. Drive by a feedlot and see the cows or pigs running around. "There goes lunch, boys."

We were at a buffet restaurant the other day and the boys were munching on clams, shrimp and calamari.

My oldest looks over, "Daddy. Do they kill the clams before we eat them?

"Yep, they sure do. Then they fry them, then we eat them."

My youngest says, "Dad. Do they kill the shrimps too?"

"Yep. They cut off the heads and cook them. Then we eat them."

The oldest looks down at my porkchop. "What about the pigs, Dad. They kill them too so we can eat them?"

"Yup. They kill the pigs and cut off different parts. Ham is from the pig's butt. Bacon is from the belly. BBQ ribs are pig ribs. Loins come from the soft part around the leg."

"Oooh," he says, stuffing another clam in his face. A few seconds later...."Daddy. We should get a pig."



That's my boy!
 
2012-06-14 11:28:26 AM
FTFA: Three in 10 adults born in the 1990s haven't visited a farm in more than 10 years,

How can this be? Maybe it's because I live in NJ, but I see farms literally every day. I may only visit one once every few months. But they are all over the place.

As far as the rest of it goes, I was assuming that this article was going to say something about how eggs could come from a variety of birds, not just hens. Or that, milk can come from goats as well as cows. But, from what I gather, they had little icons for the people to draw lines between. And they still got the answers just completely wrong.
How does someone think an egg comes from wheat or maize?! That's too absurd for words. Unless, maybe, they've only seen eggs in scrambled form.

In any case, that is shockingly idiotic.
 
2012-06-14 11:28:41 AM
Were my grandmother still alive, my son would know quite intimately where meat and eggs came from.

Grew up watching her behead chickens in the front yard (and the run-around-headless hijinks afterwards). She was still doing it when she was 90.

And then there was the day when she climbed into a hog pen to slaughter a hog with our next-door neighbor backing her up with a shotgun. She was probably about 75 or so then.

My husband was horrified by the stories. Our roommate, who was born and bred in Virginia, just nodded sagely. He grew up the same way too.

/miss ya, grandma!
 
2012-06-14 11:28:55 AM
Millennium: One common argument in vegetarian circles is that people have become too disconnected from their food: they no longer draw the relationship between what exactly they eat and where it comes from. I disagree with the conclusions they draw from this observation, but I do think there's something to the observation itself.

I'm sure if people had to slaughter and butcher their own animals there would be more vegetarians, and I'm about as big of a meat fan as there is.

Yes, I have killed and butchered animals before.
 
2012-06-14 11:28:58 AM

Pair-o-Dice: LIES! Butter comes from the dairy aisle.


Yeah and those filthy dairies are always hanging out there and leering at me when I go to buy butter. Some of the things they want to do to me with it is pornographic!
 
2012-06-14 11:29:13 AM

Millennium: One common argument in vegetarian circles is that people have become too disconnected from their food: they no longer draw the relationship between what exactly they eat and where it comes from. I disagree with the conclusions they draw from this observation, but I do think there's something to the observation itself.


Not me. I hunt and kill my own carrots.
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2012-06-14 11:29:47 AM
Do they also know that hens come from eggs?
 
2012-06-14 11:29:59 AM

Confabulat: Butter comes from cows? Is there anything they can't do?


Bacon...
 
2012-06-14 11:30:10 AM

danielscissorhands: ...And 2/3 don't know where toothpaste comes from.


From teeth right?
 
2012-06-14 11:31:03 AM

aerojockey: If only these people also didn't know penis goes in the vagina.


Isn't that how you get rapeseed oil?
 
2012-06-14 11:31:21 AM

danielscissorhands: ...And 2/3 don't know where toothpaste comes from.


Nor do they speak actual English.
 
2012-06-14 11:31:35 AM
11% thought eggs come from wheat? You know those kids were farking with the pollsters.
 
2012-06-14 11:31:43 AM

Cythraul: And cheese comes from a box marked 'Velveeta.'



Pfft. What are you a caveman? Cheez comes out of a can.
 
2012-06-14 11:31:53 AM

Oldiron_79: I'm sure if people had to slaughter and butcher their own animals there would be more vegetarians, and I'm about as big of a meat fan as there is.


If you go back to the age where people lived on farms, the meat portion of the diet goes up and vegetables go down. Grains go way up.
 
2012-06-14 11:32:30 AM

loonatic112358: Do they also know that hens come from eggs?


Yes, but they don't know which comes first.
 
2012-06-14 11:32:46 AM
Haha!
British people are so stupid.
 
2012-06-14 11:32:57 AM
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2012-06-14 11:33:29 AM

Gwendolyn: I have three kids in U.S. public schools. There are facts every day that get mentioned where I ask them "Didn't you go over that in school by now?" The answer is always no. I mean easy things like who Teddy Roosevelt was or how the nervous system works.


Weird. My local schools are all about standardized tests, but they definitely learn a lot of other stuff. My kids studied parts of the brain (and heart, and digestive system) and had at least heard of all of the presidents by the time they left 5th grade. Heck, I got into an argument with one of them about Coolidge versus Hoover, so I was more annoyed that history was only getting superficial treatment.
 
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