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STUDY: SOME BRITS THINK CHEESE COMES FROM PIGS AND FARMERS SMOKE PIPES

 

Apparently, plenty of British people have no idea where their food comes from.

A report from Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) demonstrates that Brits hold several ridiculous misconceptions about farming and food. The study polled 1,000 UK adults about their farming knowledge, and, to begin with, 14% surveyed said their understanding of farming came from Emmerdale, a soap opera set in a fictional Yorkshire Dales village. Bad start.

Those surveyed also seemed unable to grasp that farmers have modernized along with the rest of the human race, as 10% thought every farmer smokes a pipe, and 24% thought all farmers wear tweed jackets. In 2015. BTW, this study was published this week.

As if that’s not bad enough, of 1,000 UK children polled, 33% were not aware that pork comes from pigs, but far worse, 5% believed cheese comes from pigs, and 2% believed potatoes come from pigs. Meanwhile, 5% of children surveyed said strawberries grow in the fridge.

We’re not sure which sounds less appetizing: fridge-grown strawberries or pig cheese. It’s like British kids live in Roald Dahl books or something.

The report calls these children “the generation that hasn’t heard a cow moo,” as 33% of children surveyed had never heard a sheep baa or a cow moo up close, the majority only knowing the sounds from their TVs or computers. LEAF believes these misconceptions stem from the fact that many of the poll’s participants had either never visited a farm, or had not visited one for at least five years. The organization held Open Farm Sunday to educate people about modern farming and allow them to see it in action. Because clearly, they need it.

Never forget the tweed-wearing farmer and his pig cheese.

 

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2 replies on “STUDY: SOME BRITS THINK CHEESE COMES FROM PIGS AND FARMERS SMOKE PIPES”

The report about the children polled should really state the ages. There’s a huge difference between a 3 year old and a 13 year old and they’re both referred to as “children”. If the 3 year old thinks strawberries come from the fridge, that’s cute. If that was a 13 year old, though, yeah, something’s terribly wrong.

It’s the desire to divorce food from reality.So much food is prepackaged processed goop it is hard to say with certainty what the hell it is. feed your children proper bloody food, make sure they understand where it comes from, and neither of you will sound like a twat.

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