Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Cows

I don't know if this is bizarre or not, but, one of the ways in which Cambridge has not moved on at all since 1463 is that we have cows in the city centre. Lots of cows. Hanging out. Doing their bovine stuff.
We turn our bottoms towards women waving cameras. Vamoose
These cows are near one of the main roads into the centre. There are also cows in the colleges (this is bizarre, isn't it?) and also near the river which runs through the centre, on the fen. The cows on the fen stand on the bridges and face down tourists. They are cows without shame. When people have picnics in the summer, sometimes the cows sidle up and intimidate them and nibble their sandwiches.

I was buying some beef from the farmers' market once, and as I passed it to the woman who was running the stall to pay for it, she said, brightly, this beef comes from the Cambridge Cows! I winced because I do not really like to think where my meat comes from especially if it is a cow who might have faced me down on a bridge, and she looked at me firmly and said, now look. These cows have had a very lovely life.

This is the dilemma, isn't it? The more you don't know where your meat comes from the more likely it is to have come from somewhere absolutely appalling, but then it's difficult to eat a cow who you might have met out and about. I won't do my lecture on How Capitalism Separated Us From The Means Of Production And Destroyed Society (although, what a lecture that is!) but I think if I'm going to eat meat I should eat meat whose origin I know and trust, not pretend it started off in a neutral polythene tray and ignore how it was really produced (I know there's the option of not eating meat at all. Not at the moment. Perhaps later).

7 comments:

Marushka C. said...

I gre up on a dairy farm. We not only knew where the meat came from, we knew it by name. It seems creepy in retrospect.

Vivianne said...

my downfall is bacon & gammon ...not fussed about the rest

Sammi and Joe said...

oh the dilemma!!! I know.

Stephcuddles said...

I remember the Cambridge cows :) I heard from my brother that if you got a first at Kings you could keep an animal somewhere on site. I'm still trying to convince him that an alpaca is a good way to go :D

Susie said...

Kings have cows! They are very clean white cows. We think they have a special Cow Care Officer who hoses them down. They would obviously be much better off with an alpaca.

Picturetalk321 said...

This is such a great post that I had to link it on my blog:

http://artincambridge.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/paintings-of-cows-by-alison-litherland.html

:-)

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