The controversy over horse meat in burgers (I gather it was Tesco value range) coincided with a book I have been reading about.
It appears in the 1950`s we used to spend 33% or one third of our income on food that compares with just 17% today.
I do remember eating very well as a child, large meat joints that used to last for days fresh fruit and veg from the local shops home made pies and soups I could go on but if you were a war baby you would know what I mean, and allotments were everywhere probably a hangover from the war years. Most gardens grew beans and tomatoes in fact I had the task of collecting the manure from the road after the milkman`s horse had been, prized for the roses I was told, probably for the beans as well.
So food now is cheap, perhaps it has to be if we want more disposable income to spend on foreign holidays, ipads, wide screen TV`s and so on. In the 1950`s you couldn`t buy any of that.
I deplore Tesco and other large supermarkets in the way they steamroller any opposition out of the way, but the high street is fighting back Totnes in Devon has said no to a Costa Coffee shop it`s a start.
The book if you are interested is Consumed: How Shopping Fed the Class System by Harry Wallop
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