Traceability is the ability to track any food through all stages of production, processing and distribution. It sounds like something we as consumers should never care about. And indeed it is something targeted towards regulators and supply chain managers. But whenever we as consumers make a decision about what we’re going to eat, and in making that decision, we base it on any consideration other than pleasure or hedonic hunger, it’s because we believe the chosen food will satisfy some condition. And there’s no way for us to be sure that condition is met unless it’s traceable.
In this episode of the Foodcast, we explore the concept of traceability. We also meet Ed Morgan at the Hampshire Meats processing plant and learn about humane animal slaughter. Being “humane” is one thing when it’s casually stamped on a food label. It’s something else when you experience the process. This and more on episode 0028 of The Foodcast
02:24 Rant – Traceability
- Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma
- Foodcast Episode 0002 – Meat
- Foodcast Episode 0018 – Vegan
- Foodcast Episode 0024 – Farmer’s Daughter
- The Karma Sense Eating Plan Save the World Model
- Humane Farm Animal Care provides the Certified Humane label
- United States Department of Agriculture minimal humane slaughter guidelines
- Description of Pig Slaughter from PETA
13:54 Interview with Ed Morgan and Visit to Hampshire Meats
48:23 Wrap Up
For the complete photo collection from the Hampshire Meats visit, here is a link to the Google Photos Shared Album. Note: You might find some of these photos disturbing.