The Food Teachers Centre has a lot to learn!
GCSE students will be taught how to serve up meat containing high levels of lead thanks to the naivety of teachers and the lack of responsibility of the shooting ‘industry’.
Shooters are being encouraged by Taste of Game to donate shot game to schools – in this era of austerity the schools are unlikely to say no.
Much can be learned from a dead Pheasant (duck, partridge, pigeon or grouse).
- Ask the donor what the bird was shot with – and watch the shifty look pass across their face if they have to say ‘lead’.
- Ask whether lead is a poison (it is, here and here)
- Ask whether tiny fragments of lead ammunition (too small to see and remove) spread through the carcasse of a shot bird and elevate its lead content (they do – see the pictures here, here, here and below).
- Ask whether there is an agreed safe level of lead intake (there isn’t and your donor should know this).
- Ask whether small children and pregnant women should be particularly careful about their lead ingestion (they should, but there is no agreed safe level of intake).
- Ask whether lead levels in pheasants and grouse shot with lead are, on average, much higher than those which would be allowed in other meats (they are, see here and here).
- Ask whether eating lead-shot game is consistent with the scientific advice that ‘exposure to lead should be reduced as far as possible’ (it isn’t).
- Ask why the shooters in the UK continue to use a poison to shoot into food when non-toxic alternatives are available and used widely in Europe and elsewhere in the world (for evidence see here, here, here, here).
- Ask your donor to come back when they can assure you that non-toxic ammunition (steel is the most likely one) has been used.
- Ask yourself what sort of ‘sport’ behaves like this?