By Letter to the Editor on May 15, 2019.
Do we have a conspiracy unfolding before our very eyes? I have noted over the last year that local supermarkets appear to be bringing in things that appear to look like meat, are advertised as meat – i.e. pork, beef, chicken – but strangely have no taste. No matter what you pay, it all seems to taste like tofu, and I have never tasted tofu!
Whatever happened to AAA or Blue Brand beef that had an actual taste? I have talked to butchers that insist they cannot get the best of beef in Alberta any more or it’s very hard to get. It appears our best Alberta beef/pork/chicken is being shipped out of the province and the local buyers are forced to take inferior meat products.
Is the plan by food stores in Lethbridge to provide “no taste meats”? (Has a ring to it.) Perhaps it’s a planetary conspiracy and the radical planet lovers give the grocers the “secret signal,” and the move to a plant-based chicken begins seamlessly.
If I was a meat producer in Alberta, I would be very concerned that someone or some group in Lethbridge (can’t speak for Alberta) is rifling off all the good meat to be sent off elsewhere so Albertans just keep chewing on the “$16 rubber” they are getting now and flip to a plant burger (sacrilegious, I know) because “it just can’t be that bad”!
Here is a tongue-in-cheek theory: the stores are using a buyer who buys animals that had a primary purpose of pulling a semi-trailer around the acreage. Then to ensure you don’t boycott the store for its bad meat, they bring in one prized bull/pig/chicken a year and “if,” like the lottery, you get lucky, you think they have changed their buying habits.
I will be watching for a chicken pulling a semi-trailer; you do the same. As the granny on the Wendy’s advertisement used to say, “Where’s the beef … and chicken and pork?”