It’s become clear that the food we have been putting in our mouths is not everything the label said it was. Many products sold as containing beef – burgers, cottages pies, lasagne, and so on, have, in fact, contained varying amounts of horse meat.
Although probably not particularly damaging to our health, it’s a major scandal, probably involving international fraud.
One interesting side-light on this whole issue has been raised by food critic Giles Coren. Writing in The Times, he berated the public for not knowing what is in their food. Speaking of value burgers, he asks:-
“What on earth did you think they put in them? Prime cuts of delicious free-range, organic, rare breed, heritage beef, grass-fed, Eton-educated, humanely slaughtered, dry-aged and hand-ground by fairies…?”
Good point. It made me think about some other things we take too much on trust. Too often, I think, even we Christians uncritically accept the secular view of the world as it is packaged to us in the popular media. We need to ask ourselves: ‘What is really going on? Who is really in control?’
If we took more account of the biblical view of the world, as propounded by Isaiah, for example, or by Christ himself, we might be shocked.