Lori Anderson’s comment on the meaty issue of the realities of food origins (Perspective, 26 February) addresses a point which we at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust have long debated.
The stark reality of what we consume can be an emotive issue for some, not least the children and adults we interact with when delivering our successful Beyond the Farm Gate education programme.
Integral to this project is a complete honesty about how and where game food is managed and consumed as a healthy, lean, natural food source.
Although the majority of children are wholly accepting and enjoy tasting the freshly cooked game produce we offer, we also face the inevitable remarks from teenagers who recoil at the thought of eating something which has (potentially) been shot – but who are remarkably accepting of the frozen nuggets and burgers on supermarket shelves of whose provenance and content they are blissfully unaware.
The education of the public as to what constitutes seasonal, healthy, sustainable food must continue – feather, fur, fin and all.
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (Scotland)