Aug 31, 2016

Roadkill To Table


I have come up with a new twist on the farm to table movement. It's called the roadkill to table movement. People accidentally annihilate a lot of animals each year on our highways. We should not let this meat go to waste. No one knows the exact amount of animals killed by cars but it is in the millions. I envision roadkill tow trucks that are alerted and then go pick up the carcasses. They get taken to the nearest butcher or slaughterhouse. There's plenty of deer, turkeys, squirrels, possums, woodchucks and whatnot to churn out plenty of hamburger patties and sausages. But here is the beauty of my plan, these millions of pounds of meat are an unexpected windfall. Once all of this goes into our food system, we will not have to slaughter as many pigs, cows and chickens. Each pound of roadkill will save a pound of meat from an animal about to be sent for slaughter, thereby reducing the number of animals needed to be raised. We will still produce the same amount of meat with a bit less murder (roadkill is an accident). As Martha Stewart would say, "it's a good thing."

4 comments:

Marcia said...

In the early 70s I lived in a commune in the East Texas Piney Woods. Once the DPS gave us a roadkilled deer which we had for several good dinners. It tasted just like any other meat. For once Texas was progressive.

Jim Serrett said...

Because of the economic disaster in Illinois (no state budget, bankrupt political system, crippled economy) the state IDOT does not have funds for roadkill clean up. In Southern Illinois we have the largest deer population in the eastern United States. We have been eating road kill for some time now.

MK Buike said...

In some years, Michigan has the most deer-car accidents. When I was in college, my room mate's father was a State Police post captain. In those days, if the motorist didn't want the deer, the officer could take it. The police would almost race each other to the scene of such and accident. Her mother made a lot of canned venison!

Limner said...

But what if some of the animals were infected with rabies and died because the disease had so riddled their brains they didn't know that running toward two lights was a huge mistake? Substitute mad cow and pissed off elk disease for rabies and you'll get what I mean. Why not simply eat less meat?