Last week, we were informed, in an “earnest attack”, by Public Health England that supermarkets need to keep the spring flower away from the fruit and veg sections, because people are mistaking daffodil bulbs for onions. And, no, it’s not April 1.
It ought to be!
Apparently, some 63 people have suffered from daffodil poisoning over the past six years alone.
That’s…10 a year? Totally statistically insignificant.
Professor Paul Cosford, PHE medical director, warned: “Daffodils are dangerous if eaten and poisoning can occur as a result,” in a letter to stores. “We are aware of an incident a few years ago in which some shoppers, for whom English was not their first language, bought daffodils and cooked the plants believing them to be something else.”
Aha! The plot thickens! So non-English speakers and (presumably) children account for most of these cases?
No need for anyone to get their knickers in a twi…
Of course, there is.
Who remembers Jamie Oliver’s short-lived 2010 “Food Revolution”? In a scary scene, the cheeky chappie stumped a class of American kindergarten children by asking them to name variously not just an aubergine, but a potato, tomato, cauliflower and beetroot. Aussie children didn’t know bananas grew on plants. More than half could not identify a nectarine.
This matters so much, so obviously, that it is collectively negligent of us to allow our children to grow up so ignorant. It’s scandalous that we’ve allowed the ability to recognise an apricot to become the butt of anti-middle class jokes about Waitrose shoppers.
The disconnect between the packaging of meat and its animal origins is even greater. This threatens not only food culture, but public health and the environment.
What a drama queen!
So, we need a few less “should have gone to Specsavers” jokes and more public education, particularly at primary school level. But, it’s pointless targeting children in isolation. Their parents undertake the weekly shop. We need nothing short of a revolution in the way that the general public is educated about the health and the food chain.
No. No, we don’t. This is a non-issue.