If you don’t go vegetarian, you have to choose what meat to eat.

B) What about game meat?

Around this time of the year, many German supermarkets offer deer ham or wild boar and waterfowl meat. Whereas I realize that domesticated duck and geese often live like factory hens (that’s why I ordered -for the first time- from our local organic food supplier one half of an organic, free range goose for the holidays – and used it even up to goose fat), I thought that deer or wild boar cannot be farmed (and their meat is therefore as organic as can be). But then I read about deer farming 😦 At last it is free range (in pastures), and I hope their food remains mostly natural.

But what about wild game? Since humans meddled gravely with woodland food nets (wolves were the apex predators in European and American forests, after all), we have to manage the now man-made forests ourselves (a much more complex system than anticipated – did you know that plants can communicate by gaseous chemicals and fungal networks?). Responsible gamekeepers have to kill excess deer to protect the deer from epidemic diseases or starvation and to protect the environment (especially in the case of introduced deer in New Zealand, but also in European forests) and excess wild boar to protect farmland and humans. Should all this meat go to waste (or to scavengers)?

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