1,300 tonnes
December 21, 2000 3:15 PM   Subscribe

1,300 tonnes of condemned meat sold as fit for human consumption. I think I fancy a veggie burger...
posted by astro38 (6 comments total)
I think 1300 tonnes of meat, in and of itself, is pretty disgusting.
posted by Kikkoman at 3:19 PM on December 21, 2000

It'd be more than I'd want to eat in a sitting, that's for sure.
posted by kindall at 5:10 PM on December 21, 2000

I saw pictures of the "depot" on the news. It was like "The Killing Fields" meets "Chicken Run". I'm so glad to be veggie.

There's a moral to this tale, or sorts. When my mother was young (and this was in the era of post-war rationing) chicken was considered a luxury: something to be eaten once a month or so, if you were lucky. Beef, lamb and pork, on the other hand, were plentiful, in both the best cuts and the ones which became stew through the week. In the forty years or so since then, the price of red meat has soared, while the demand for chicken has turned it into a filthy, intensely-farmed and tasteless generic protein. People who complain about BSE, then tuck into their Bernard Matthews chicken kievs, should really start to worry. "Chicken was expensive back then," says my mother, "but it tasted of chicken." There's about as much in common between the two meats as there is between Bob Dylan and Britney Spears.

(And I'm intrigued by the "unfit for human consumption" tag, which in layman's terms means: "feed rotting meat to your pets". No wonder cats have been infected with CJD.)
posted by holgate at 5:57 PM on December 21, 2000

How would you ship 1300 tonnes of meat anyway?
posted by fooman83 at 6:16 PM on December 21, 2000

Man, there's just been too many times that I've been able to justify discussing my vision of genetically engineered vats of beef being grown cholesterol free, chock full of essential nutrients and vitamins.

Mmmm... vitamins.
posted by cCranium at 7:59 PM on December 21, 2000

How would I ship it? FedEx.

Assuming we choose International Priority Shipping (they pack it / fast, easy customs clearance is promised) and it *absolutely* must be in San Francisco by Christmas...

Some quick calculation: 1300 tonnes is 1 300 000 kilos. Freight rate is 4.1 British pounds/kg...

Total cost: 5 million 330 thousand British pounds to ship at their freight rate. Oh, wait, 5 million 330 thousand eleven (yes, that's eleven pounds for Saturday delivery -- pretty cheap, if you ask me).

Roughly $8 million dollars US.

Interestingly enough, my brother had a friend that worked at UPS. He once found a human head in one of the packages coming through the sorting facility (the box had broken open en route).
posted by Kikkoman at 9:19 PM on December 21, 2000

« Older Deep Springs College   |   http://www.otnemem.com Newer »

This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments