While we await the late-July return of The Big Inside show, we are left foraging through the scraps of health, diet and nutrition detritus on our own. But today you're in luck, food-awareness types, for we Snooped this little gem from Omaha, Nebraska, worthy of The Big Inside's coveted (or perhaps avoided) weekly Belly-Up! Award.
Seems an elementary school teacher thought it would be awesome to show kids how beef is processed. Now, it is one thing to gently show a child how to, say, kill and skin venison after hunting, or chop and pluck fowl on a farm. By hand, while these things can be frightening to a child, there is at least a human sense of reality and connection tot he food. That connection which keeps the slaughter of animals from seeming like a horror show is what is absent in the beef processing plants of the world . . . and thus not really where you want to bring a bunch of 8-year olds.
But this somehow escaped teacher Maxwell Barnes (why do these overly-open-minded types always have names like that?) . Mr. Barnes brought his class to a processing plant, where the process of animal slaughter is a cold, horrifying and inhumane process.
Nasties were viewed, panic arose, and much vomit ensued.
Now most of the kids are in therapy, and we have 18 new vegetarians on the planet.
Looks like it's not TV and video games that are the most horrifying things kids can see these days.
We congratulate you, Maxwell Barnes from the Mavis Beacon Elementary School in Omaha, Nebraska, for going . . . Belly up!