How the horsemeat scandal is making Swedish municipalities to get creative
Monday, 25 March 2013
The horsemeat scandal has ignited a lost of trust in food producers and
has made Swedish municipalities to become more creative.
One of the areas where trust has been lost is the lack of knowledge and
quietness about the source of the food we consume. That will change
now, as Swedish municipalities sought to get a better idea of where the
meat served to school children are sourced. One way of doing so is too
rear their own cattle. Six Swedish communes in Dalarna are considering
owning cattle and letting them graze on their land, which will then be
sent to slaughter. As such, they'll know where the meat which ends up
in the school kitchens come from and what type of meat the children are
"It is important to think about what we eat. It can also be an
educational thing, for the kids today have lost much knowledge and they
hardly know where food comes from," says Solvei Bjur-Hedlund, nutrition
director in Mora Municipality to radio Sweden.
In Mora Municipality, according to the report from radio Sweden,
Orsa, Leksand, Gagnef, Orsa and Mora Älvdalen are communes that are
investigating how the municipalities themselves could produce some of
the meat served in schools and retirement homes.
Increased knowledge about animal welfare, environmental impact, and
lack of control are some of the reasons driving them into this project
according to Solvei Bjur-Hedlund.
"We are very keen to get good quality of what we serve. It is the fear
of serving lasagne horse meat instead of beef that has accelerated this
They argue that Dalarna and Mora, are known for an open beautiful
landscape which unfortunately has not been properly put into use. They
plan to let the animals graze instead of using a lot of equipment
therefore improves on the environmental.
by Scancomark.com Team
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