Or, the importance of knowing your supply chain…

Special thanks to @hallingpreis, one of our servers, for composing this post!

As consumers, we put a lot of trust into the businesses we frequent and the goods we purchase. We trust that what we are told we are buying is in fact, what we are buying. We don’t have to know all the steps something took to get to us, all we know is the final product. “Buyer beware” has turned into a quaint notion with which we no longer have to concern ourselves. After all, there are government agencies put in place to keep us safe, right? The only problem is safety might not be the only standard you as a consumer care about – particularly when it comes to your food.

A scandal has erupted in the U.K. because it was discovered that product coming from a processing plant in Ireland, which was purchasing “beef” from Poland, actually included horsemeat before being sold to customers throughout Britain. This has caused major food chains, including Burger King, to have to go on the record promising to take measures to prevent their customers from eating horsemeat, and finding new suppliers that are really selling them beef for their burgers.

The problem here wasn’t safety. No one got sick or was physically harmed from eating horse. I’m not a nutritionist, but I would guess that horsemeat is probably just as nutritionally relevant as beef, or pork, or bison, or venison. The problem is that people don’t go to Burger King to buy horse-burgers, and that is what they were unknowingly purchasing.

The complications and problems of our modern food system are vast, and people much more aware than me write about them far more elegantly, so I won’t go too far into that.  What I will say is that as consumers, it’s important to know the basics of the supply chain you are supporting with your dollars. Or at least to know which businesses you trust to utilize supply chains you want to support.

Franktuary knows from where our food comes. Much of it comes from close by, some of it travels a little further, but all from trusted suppliers. If you’re interested, we are more than happy to talk with you about why we get food from the places we do and why we consider certain products, companies, and farms worth supporting.  If not, just know that when we make you dinner, or lunch, or a late night snack, you are getting exactly what you ordered.