If you are British you may remember that recently Hugh Fearnly Whittingstall (for non British readers the name is TOTALLY genuine) did a TV programme to determine how supermarket chains could produce a chicken for £2.50. The results were pretty shocking, I think the horrors of Battery Farming are something most of us either ignore or dismiss because its the "only way we can feed our families".
The later is of course not true we have choices on how we spend our money. Relative food prices are much cheaper than they were 50 years ago, we would rather spend the money on a new I-POD and demand cheaper prices. We make great play of wanting food produced ethically but many of us (mea culpa) don't practice what we preach.
We are told by farmers that British farmers treat animals better than many countries and that we should by British. This is of course difficult to do as was improved by BBC Countryfile when their resident farmer Adam Henson showed how easy it is to disguise the country origin.
I suspect that the Housewife of 50 years ago would manage the budget better than we could today. Need made them much better at using everything rather than todays disposable culture. They also had the time, or perhaps made the time. Today people like me just go and buy it "off the shelf". Essentially we (I) are lazy.
I write the above with the news that Tesco are now selling chickens at £1.99. Whereas I am sure Tesco will try to adopt best practice we all know there has to be impacts on the animals involved.
I guess I am going to have to review the eternal triangle of my concern for the animals, my natural bone idleness and the effect on my pocket.