Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Lucy's Big Ride, Day IV

Today Lucy cycled 65 miles through Somerset to Gloucestershire and has now clocked up a whopping 240 miles in just 4 days! She's been through some fantastic countryside along the way, passing farm after farm - a fitting route to raise money for a food-related cause. Lucy even saw a sign advertising pig racing! It's almost like a different world out there - here we were thinking pigs were reared purely to feed us and it turns out they also make great athletes.

This piglet is quite literally bringing home the bacon. (picture courtesy of

It's all too easy to become out of touch with 'the real world' of food beyond the confines of a modern city like Manchester. Nowadays you can go into the local supermarket and pick up a bag of potatoes without giving any thought to where they came from, how they got there or how you even grow a potato in the first place. Another thing that always amazes me is that there are city slickers out there (we all know one or two) who love meat but go pale at the thought of animals being slaughtered for said meat.

It's far too easy to be ignorant of the story behind your food and it's a dangerous thing to take for granted. Next time you're in the supermarket buying some sausages, take a moment to think about where they came from. And how many racing medals the donor won.

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