Gepubliceerd op 23-11-2015
Male animals are a waste product of the meat and dairy industry. Males are considered as waste and are killed almost instantly after their birth. The project ‘men meat’, commissioned by Transitieteam Brabantse Agrofood and YHM Brabant, denotes the consumer on their own responsibility in regard to this difficult issue in the food chain.
Lots of people do not realise that there should be animals born in order to eat eggs, cheese and milk. Half of those animals are male. These roosters, bucks and bulls do not lay eggs or give milk, but they are part of the laying hens and milk cow breeds. Within twenty four hours after they are born, they are culled.
The consumption of dairy also results in relatively expensive and chewy goat meat that is being sold. If we want to accept the consequences of our self-created need for goat cheese, we have to eat this meat as wel. The idea of this project is not to stimulate eating more meat, but to put a focus on the by-products of the dairy industry.
But why is it, that this meat is still eaten? This depends on several economical and cultural determinants. For example, male animals grow a little bit slower, are smaller, and thus less efficient. Also, we convinced ourselves that that the meat of the males are more chewy, and less tasteful. Still, there are a lot of countries where they do eat male meat. These, and other, determinants made sure that male meat is disposed of, and that is something that is not easily changed.
Of course there are possibilities that rely on the participation of the consumer – we can make sure the demand for male meat is higher and change the chain gradually. Together with Studio 1:1 Foodcurators developed a Male Barbecue, where on the menu, male and female products are next to each other. With this barbecque we want to show the consumer that there is a possibility to change the chain, and that men meat is OK to eat. On the menu were a pairings of goat cheese and buck sausage, deviled eggs with a cockerel, and a glass of milk with a stew of bulls meat.
Commissioned by Transitieteam Brabantse Agrofood and YFM Brabant.