Wanted: insult-proof juicy pork
This is not an attack on the pig breeding companies world-wide, but an
opportunity to make a point which has troubled me for at least 20
This is not an attack on the pig breeding companies
world-wide, but an opportunity to make a point which has troubled me for at
least 20 years.
Over this time the breeding companies have done a fine
job for producers who by their own admission are not exploiting sufficiently the
full genetic performance which the breeding companies, by their skill,
discipline and hard work have put into their lines.
Except in one area -
that of eating quality, especially succulence and taste.
Too much Danish,
Dutch and British pork is, let's face it, tasteless and has been so for decades.
On the shelf it looks wonderful - lean, minimal fat, good colour and packaged
well. It is what the consumer thinks he/she wants, yet in the same breath come
complaints of "It tastes of nothing these days". Why?
Pork is cooked too
fast, at too high a temperature in the home because the housewife wants to
settle down in front of telly, or whatever, for the evening. She ruins
Pork is cooked too fast and at too high a temperature in restaurants
because 'bums on seats' are vital. Three sittings instead of two doesn't
increase profit by a third, it doubles it. No wonder the chefs are under
pressure to get it out - ruined.
But that is the world we live in.
Somehow, surely, the geneticist must apply himself to the problem - which is
damaging the sales of pork. Look at Britain which says it is proud of it's pork
but is nearly bottom of the European consumption league!
companies need to start designing pigmeat which, when insulted in this way, will
still retain more of it's juiciness and taste.
Two areas they need to
More marbling is one. Blending the superior eating qualities of
the slower-growing breeds with the performance of the 'racehorse' lines they are
so good at selling is another. Can genetic engineering help?
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