Why do we have Goose at Christmas..?
It's almost like we're just meant to eat goose at Christmas.
Evolution has designed the bird so that it's tender and ready to eat at eight or nine months old, and since it hatches in spring, Christmas is the best time to 'gobble' it (forgive the pun..)
The goose is a solar bird, and the tradition of eating it at this time of year is as old as the pagan sun festival onto which Christmas piggybacked when it reached the British Isles. When the harvest was done, geese would traditionally roam over the stubble-plains and fatten on fallen corn; windfall apples could be made into sauce, and sage dried from the summer was perfect for a stuffing.
Once you start noticing, there are many lovely synchronicities between the passing of the seasons and the rumbling of stomachs...
...I don't know about you, but I find can no good words to describe this picture...
Fish farms are the factory farms we don't see, and are one of the fastest growing sectors of intensive animal rearing. Around 100 billion farmed fish are being produced each year.
And don't be fooled into thinking we are 'protecting wild stocks' by these practices - far from it. It takes between 3-5 tonnes of small fish to produce 1 tonne of farmed fish.
Not off-cuts either - most fishmeal is made from highly nutritious small fish that could be (and were being) eaten by people.
These industries are a law unto themselves. Literally plundering the traditional food sources of countries all over the world to feed these grotesque methods of farming.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg..