I watched a bit of a programme last night.
I knew in advance it was just going to be an over dramatised piece of crap, but then that's what I expect from the BBC these days.
The programme was purportedly going to tell us "the truth about meat". I decided to watch it for a bit of a laugh. I wasn't disappointed.
The programme had barely started when it plumbed the depths of credibility, or rather the lack of. Practically the very first sentence was along the lines that "the WHO has warned that some kinds of meat were carcenogenic", but that we were not to worry as the programme was going to tell us "the truth".
The programme continued along this vein. We were reassured that we were all very conscious of our health these days and that people would be worrying about the WHO's statement. I'm not quite sure who the "we" was as only the brain-dead Bovine Masses will believe any of the crap that issues from the WHO nowadays, or take the tabloid headlines as gospel.
Interestingly they came up with some rather strange facts. We were told for example that eating a burger was equivalent to smoking four cigarettes, but then were reassured that smoking was much more dangerous. I would have thought it was the other way around, because we were told in funerial terms at the top of the programme that meat was the number one cause of cancer and the greatest scourge facing society today. Meat is the new tobacco, apparently?
We were treated to the sight of the presenter ordering a full English breakfast in a greasy spoon, whereupon he whipped out his little weighing scales only to declare in a hushed voice of amazement that the meat on the plate was way over his daily allowance as decreed by the gumbint. I thought for a moment that the UK has re-introduced war time rationing [“allowance”?] but the poor idiot was just spouting what he had been told by those who know no better.
We were treated to a list of ingredients that are used in processed meat and were given the grim details on how some of them may, possibly be a factor that may, possibly increase our chances of developing bowel cancer. The weasel words were coming thick and fast at this stage. I regretted not playing Bullshit Bingo as I woud have gotten a full house in the first couple of minutes.
We had the eddifying spectacle of a live view of the presenters stomach as he digested some meat. This programme was really plumbing new depths.
We were shown cattle and sheep being "calmed" in a holding pen before being led to the slaughter house as we were informed that "worried animals don't produce good meat". The presenter at this point was thinking of turning vegitarian. I was thinking of switching off.
We were shown "scientific experiments" where five or six members of the public were asked for their opinions on various flavours and were told this was proof that X is better than Y.
We were told that smoke is extremely carcenogenic and then treated to the sight of a couple of barbecues they had set up in a public park to test different ways of barbecuing meat to reduce those carcenogens. I'm surprised anyone in the park survived given the amout of smoke produced.
It was around this time that I had had enough. There is only so much information diahrrea that a person can take.
I switched off.
…. and carried on eating the lovey fry I had just made.
I love smoked rashers.