Why Are We Uncomfortable with Meat?

Prosciutto in Appechio

Several years ago, I read a study conducted between children 7-12(ish) years old who were asked to draw a turkey. The majority drew what they see on the Thanksgiving table- a roasted bird ready to be carved up. Many were startled to learn that a turkey is a living animal. Starting from the time we are children, American food culture has discouraged our connection from understanding the sources of our meat and the process of getting it to our table. When Americans visit French farmers’ markets for the first time I will hear the echo of disgust amongst the crowd as they disapprovingly eye the intact carcasses to which the meat for sale belongs. It’s a legitimate reaction given that we are used to it magically appearing on our dinner plates.

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