Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Is a chicken just a chicken?
Something funny happened to me this morning as I was preparing breakfast. I cracked an egg with 2 yolks. Hmm... How come?
I went online to check but the egg was perfectly edible. Turns out you have one chance in 100 to get such a double yolked egg. They are generally produced by younger hens. It is supposed to mean luck. Great then!
Being curious, I got diverted and accidentally learned that there are hundreds of chicken species. Hundreds!
For me, a chicken what just that: a chicken. White and feathery, with a little red crest. That's it. White meat and eggs. Well, just in France, they have close to 50 chicken species.
The same applies to beef, pork and lamb.
And they all taste differently.
Funny that most people have no idea of all this. They buy their eggs and their steaks and that's it.
My guess is that our profit hungry economy as spawned huge mega farms where only the fastest growing (and thus more profitable animals) are raised.
Some people are actually working hard to save some of these species from extinction, like Pierre Oteiza who is raising black Basque hogs in France's Pyrénées Mountains.
Maybe we should ask ourselves: Is a chicken really just a chicken? Have some people deliberately narrowed my choices in the meat department? What's the overall impact of reduced biodiversity on the Planet? Aren't we losing something really interresting here?
Chicken Species: http://www.avianweb.com/chickenspecies.html