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    Farmers' fury as Tesco ships in beef from US

    Tesco is importing fresh beef 4,000 miles from the US in a step that has infuriated British farmers.

    Read more: thisismoney.co.uk/bar…d=5

    I loath Tescos and all it stands for.

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    Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship it that far is the question I'd be asking.

    Tesco's decision comes against a background of evidence that British … Tesco's decision comes against a background of evidence that British farms do not produce enough beef to feed the nation.



    Who do they think they are? They want to feed the nation. That is absolutely disgusting. I think we should close more farms in this country in protest.

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    greg_68

    Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship … Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship it that far is the question I'd be asking.



    Maybe if Tesco supported our own farmers then it would help to sustain lower costs for the farmers and in turn mean lower costs for the consumers.

    British beef vs American beef

    Who would win?

    Only one way to settle it ...


    ... Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight!!

    I don't agree with this myself, but there are many products to which this sort of thing applies. I do think Tesco should support British farmers, but shoppers can demonstrate their loyalty or whatever you wish to call it with buying British. No-one is forced to by imported goods if they choose not to. Plenty of supermarkets sell Argentinian beef, not just Tesco, so I don't really see the difference in this example.

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    studentessa

    "....I do think Tesco should support British farmers, but shoppers can … "....I do think Tesco should support British farmers, but shoppers can demonstrate their loyalty or whatever you wish to call it with buying British. ...."


    But if Tescos only supply foreign meat it does make it harder for a regular Tesco shopper to support British farmers. It would be very interesting if they carried both foreign and British meat and see who buys what.
    I for one will always buy British if its available. Tesco do not care a dime for its shoppers, it is ONLY interested in how much profit it can suck from them.

    Shop at morrisons then or even better, your local butcher.

    Lofty124

    But if Tescos only supply foreign meat it does make it harder for a … But if Tescos only supply foreign meat it does make it harder for a regular Tesco shopper to support British farmers. It would be very interesting if they carried both foreign and British meat and see who buys what.I for one will always buy British if its available. Tesco do not care a dime for its shoppers, it is ONLY interested in how much profit it can suck from them.



    Lofty you are completely correct. If Tesco do take away the choice then that would be a disgrace. I only skim-read the article, and from what I can understand the American beef will undercut the price of the British, rather than replace it. It also notes that already only 64% of the beef eaten in the country is British, so I suppose it is a slippery slope. I don't see how this is any different from New Zealand lamb though, for example. I also make a point of buying British, but sometimes this means buying less.

    I too don't think Tesco care much about their customers, however I can't really imagine that any of the others do either, despite what the adverts try and portray. Flintoff taking a load of kids for a picnic is nice idea but they are all out to make money.

    greg_68

    Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship … Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship it that far is the question I'd be asking.



    Most American farmers pump there beef cattle full of growth hormones for start. Not sure if thats whats been imported though think it maybe banned under EU laws.

    Tesco are very good in regards to british dairy farmers, the price they pay for milk to the farmer is significantly higher than the average price of all other major supermarkets...

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    Edited by: "airey" 9th May 2011

    I blame all the.........nope i wont finish that sentence. :P

    I thought meat from cloned animals wasn't allowed in the UK?

    Banned

    greg_68

    Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship … Where are our farmers going wrong by the fact that it is cheaper to ship it that far is the question I'd be asking.


    UK farmers dont get subsidised by the US government

    Banned

    Lofty124

    But if Tescos only supply foreign meat it does make it harder for a … But if Tescos only supply foreign meat it does make it harder for a regular Tesco shopper to support British farmers. It would be very interesting if they carried both foreign and British meat and see who buys what.I for one will always buy British if its available. Tesco do not care a dime for its shoppers, it is ONLY interested in how much profit it can suck from them.


    They do

    people generally buy the cheapest

    hope the op never eats a mcdonalds
    Edited by: "csiman" 10th May 2011

    Beef ITT

    Meat is meat at the end of the day.

    Beat the meat oO

    Banned

    dtovey89

    Meat is meat at the end of the day.


    obviously only ever eaten crap then!

    csiman

    They dopeople generally buy the cheapesthope the op never eats a … They dopeople generally buy the cheapesthope the op never eats a mcdonalds



    Why Mcdonalds? All the beef Mcdonalds use is sourced from British and Irish farms.
    Edited by: "airey" 10th May 2011

    Banned

    "Fury" is such a tabloid media term.

    csiman

    obviously only ever eaten crap then!



    The opposite actually.

    Just because it isn't British meat doesn't make it inferior - you can get lovely meat all around the world (well, let's limit it to Europe).

    Banned

    best steak I've had has been in America. I don't care if it's pumped full of growth hormones and cloned, the end result is top quality meat at low price.

    Original Poster

    csiman

    They do



    I disagree. Whenever im in my local supermarket I can only ever see meat from one country usually. To be fair its usually British or maybe Irish now and again, but then I shop at a far superior supermarket chain to Tescos

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    master_chief

    best steak I've had has been in America. I don't care if it's pumped full … best steak I've had has been in America. I don't care if it's pumped full of growth hormones and cloned, the end result is top quality meat at low price.


    And I bet you're 2 inches taller too (_;)

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    sparkyIreland

    Beat the meat oO



    Always hahaha

    master_chief

    best steak I've had has been in America. I don't care if it's pumped full … best steak I've had has been in America. I don't care if it's pumped full of growth hormones and cloned, the end result is top quality meat at low price.



    Best steak I ever had was in france, but I think that was more down to the way it was cooked. The biggest steak I ever had was in Texas, it was huge!!

    With regards to the OP, I'm not actually that bothered as to where the meat I buy comes from, as long as it's of decent quality. I'd pay a bit more for British meat, but it's not always the best.

    As for the comment about Tesco not caring about its customers; does any major retailer? At the end of the day they're there to turn a profit, and if that means bringing in meat from abroad at a cheaper price than they can find here, so be it, I don't have a problem with that.

    Personally I'd say it's not Tesco that's the problem,it's the fact that British farmers aren't subsidised to the same extent as farmers elsewhere in the world. Whether it's the government or the EU that's to blame for that I don't know...

    thing is meat from outside the Uk tastes far better than the meat we produce. My eyes were opened to this fact when I start going to South African resturants, and tried their beef steak, it actually tasted of proper meat and not the flavourless stuff we get from Britain
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