“The 53-foot trailer, dripping the rancid juices of rotting chicken, was discovered Tuesday near the Flying J Truck Stop west of Missoula. It contained an estimated 37,000lbs of chicken worth $80,000, officials said.” (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/25/rancid-chicken-truck-montana)

It’s not just the truck that carried the chuck,
But the tricklin’ that comes from the chicken.


“Already, over two billion people around the world regularly eat insects.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2014/may/20/food-insects-entomophagy-fao-bugs-food-security)

In my case, unintentionally: the insects gulp from a glass of water, shortly before I do.

The article then ascends toward an Abbott and Costello sketch, “fourteen percent of Americans count themselves as foodies—people who, says Why, ‘will probably eat the grasshopper that looks like a grasshopper’,” before suggesting, “we also need to think about a bottom-up approach.”

To food?


A National Audit Office “inquiry has found a dramatic increase in food fraud, with one in six products failing tests for the presence of undeclared species in 2012.” (http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/10/uk-warned-another-horse-meat-scandal)

‘Undeclared species’ is deliciously vague. Can we expect slugs and snails and puppy dog tails? Toads and shrews and badger sinews? No, I’m being hysterically alarmist. Could there be alien meat in burgers?


Tesco’s banned advertising campaign which attempted to mitigate the horse meat scandal “ended with the line: ‘We know that our supply chain is too complicated. So we’re making it simpler … Seriously. This is it. We are changing.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/media/2013/sep/04/tesco-horsemeat-ad)

When asked to comment, a horse neighed, “BOGOF.”