Squirrel Soup?

A little while back, the World Bank found that global food prices have increased 83 percent in the last three years. And then recently, the economic shit stuff hit the fan.

Will rising costs and dwindling savings prompt a change in behavior? My first wish is for more wishes that the economy rebounds. Barring that, my second wish is that higher food prices and overall belt-tightening will force folks to make better use of the food they do buy.

photo by law_kevin (via Creative Commons)Of course, there are always more extreme measures. Should things get really bad, we might not eat so high on the hog, so to speak. Folks could turn to alternate sources of meat (squirrel, anyone?), as the British (and others) did during WWII.

Another idea is to eat a largely vegetarian diet, as the PB&J Campaign advises. You’ll not only save money, but reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.

If you do eat meat–and I do–try to be especially conscious not to waste it. In addition to being expensive and having a large carbon footprint, what’s on that plate didn’t die to end up in a landfill.

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  1. Posted October 22, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    When I lived on the prairies, I do know that a lot of people would use prairie dogs for meat. Easy targets, reasonable amount of meat for their size, and they are a pest anyway.
    I could not bring myself to eat one, as I always figured they would be carriers of disease, but they make good bait for coyotes.

  2. Posted October 24, 2008 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had squirrel stew, and rabbit, and a lot of other game, large and small, furred and feathered, since I was a child. Squirrel’s ok, but it’s a lot of trouble for a scrap of meat on tiny bones. Rabbit is a better choice, and you can raise your own rabbits. I was tempted lately to squirrel stew because squirrels ate most of my urban garden this year. Erik is correct. Prairie dogs and other rodents, because they carry fleas, are a great vector for disease, including bubonic plague. So note of caution to anyone who is catching and skinning squirrels or prairie dogs: wear long sleeves and gloves to avoid flea bites.

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