The European horse meat scandal

Täby KalopsYet another supplier (IKEA no less) have been caught with their pants down, so to speak..

It all started with horse meat found in pre made lasagna by the Findus brand a little over a week ago, then all hell broke loose.

At first I thought; well, we’ve been eating horse meat all our lives, what’s the big deal?
But there are a couple of “big deals”. First off, you’re not allowed to claim that something is beef when you know it’s not. That’s a given.
Then there is a real risk because apparently, if this is done secretly, there is no way of knowing where the meat is coming from and what medication those horses might have been on, and what that medication might to to humans that eat it. That’s a real problem.

But after having observed this from a bit of a distance over the last couple of weeks, I can’t help thinking that this is a part of a much bigger problem. I forget who said it, but there’s a quote that sums up my thoughts well:

“Customers who only cares about prices, deserve companies that only cares about profits”

And this goes for any type of business naturally. The first company I thought of when I hears this quote was Ryan Air. And this is the reason I have vowed to myself never to fly them again. Don’t support companies that do bad things for profit.

Which leads me to another thought. Pretty much anything that seems “cheap” is cheap for a reason. And somewhere along that supply chain there’s an underpaid worker suffering. Every single time!

So ask yourself the question next time you see something “cheap”; do I really need it? And if so, can I afford a better alternative? (Will it even be better for me and last longer and look better, feel better etc, etc?)
If not, can you do without it alltogether? Or is there an alternative (there always is – be creative)

Stefan Leijon

Black Belt Digital Concept Designer. I occasionally lecture on finding ideas and emerging media. I take instagram pictures, share what I find and love to cook. Connect with me on Google+

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