Where does food come from?

  BT 08:57 AM 03 Jun 13
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Story on BBC Breakfast this morning

"New research suggests nearly 1 in 5 of primary school pupils say that fish fingers come from Chicken."

...and 29% of children also think that Cheese comes from plants!

I saw a clip from The Apprentice (don't/wouldn't watch the programme) where one of the participants was holding up a bunch of carrots(with green bits) and asked "What are these?" And these are supposedly potential high flying business people. Makes you despair for the future of this country!!

  Forum Editor 09:08 AM 03 Jun 13

Makes you despair for the future of this country!!

Why? The world doesn't work as it did 50 years ago - children who don't know where fish-fingers come from can probably find their way around computers and digital TV recorders almost as well as their parents.

By the time they need the knowledge about cheese and carrots these children will have acquired it. The future of the country doesn't depend on people knowing those things when they're in the first decade of their lives.

  BT 09:15 AM 03 Jun 13

But you would expect a person on the Apprentice would know what a carrot is.

And the word 'FISH' in Fish fingers should perhaps give a clue to their origin. If they were made from chicken they would most likely be called Chicken Fingers,

  Quickbeam 09:45 AM 03 Jun 13

AS didn't get where he is today by not knowing a bunch of carrots when he sees them.

  fourm member 09:58 AM 03 Jun 13

One day, an organisation releasing a survey to publicise the launch of its special interest week will say that the survey found everything was just fine.

One day.

But I won't hold my breath.

  Aitchbee 10:11 AM 03 Jun 13

I blame the 'clever' TV advertisers for our misguided knowledge on the food products we buy and eat ... it starts from an early age.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlRH2Af7JY4&feature=endscreen&NR=1

  Chronos the 2nd 10:40 AM 03 Jun 13

And these are supposedly potential high flying business people.

Of course they are not, they are selected on purely what the BBC program maker sees as good television for us thick masses.

  BT 11:19 AM 03 Jun 13

Quickbeam

"AS didn't get where he is today by not knowing a bunch of carrots when he sees them."

At least AS KNOWS what a carrot is. I also recall on one of the rare occasions when I saw a bit of the show, seeing a bunch of young women in a Launderette who thought the Dryers were the washing machines. The expression on the face of the old lady who put them right was priceless.

Chronos the 2nd

You're right there. Pity the people they choose are thick as well. It could be a good show with the right people. Think what you like about AS but he did OK for himself and I really can't see why he associates himself with the show, unless its to show up some of the Dumbos he has to tolerate in real life.

  michaelw 11:43 AM 03 Jun 13

"AS didn't get where he is today by not knowing a bunch of carrots when he sees them."

That's because he works with lots of vegetables.

  lotvic 13:26 PM 03 Jun 13

Fish haven't got fingers AFAIK and I'm 90% sure that Chickens don't have any.

  Chronos the 2nd 13:35 PM 03 Jun 13

I'm 90% sure that Chickens don't have any.

So a ten percent chance that the do? Interesting.

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