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October 14, 2005

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dsquared

On various subjects:

French eating horses: Radek's hypothesis is plausible, but I dimly remember from some cookbook or other during some siege of Paris or other they were so stuck for food that they had to eat horses, and either they liked the taste or (I think more plausibly) it became politically significant for a while.

People not drinking milk: Milk is pretty yacky and not very nutritious stuff unless it has a high fat content, and it doesn't have a high fat content unless the cows get a lot of nutritious food. Which means that unless your fields look like those of Jersey, Friesia or Holstein, you're unlikely to regard milk as all that special.

Eating dogs: I don't know much about Korea, but in Vietnam eating dog meat is more to do with traditional medicine that cuisine. In particular, the dog restaurants are only open during a waxing (or possibly waning, I can't remember) moon, because dog meat is only good for you if eaten under the right moon.

Eating carnivores in general: Unless you castrate them, omnivores have a really strong taste (I've eaten uncastrated goat and it's vile). I suspect that this might be an acquired taste to say the least, explaining the general unpopularity of the meat.

Jim

"omnivores have a really strong taste"

It must depend on the species, because pork taste pretty passable even when the pigs run loose and eat whatever. The reports on human flesh rate it pretty high, regardless of steer status and diet. Come to think of it, that may be the one sensible reason to castrate the males other than the desiganted herd bull. It also cuts down on troublesome dominance struggles.

Cows do need good pasture to give good milk, and that makes the output seasonal more than anything. Thank God for sheep and goats or we would have starved all those centuries.

dsquared

Pigs are nearly always castrated for eating.

Jim

Makes sense. TThey are dangerous enough even without.

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