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Pattaya Daily News

12 April 2010 :: 12:04:24 pm 18030

Beat the Global Food Crisis & Eat Rat

With the price of meat on the increase, the Cambodians have taken to consuming ‘rat meat’ as an alternative in order to beat the global food crisis. As the price of beef rises beyond the reach of the poor, the demand for rat meat has also risen.
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Compared to 2 years ago, prices of 1,200 riel for a kilo of rat meat, the cost has now risen by four times that amount per kilo.  As the cost of beef is around 20,000 riel per kilo, spicy field rat dishes in garlic are increasingly found on menus.

According to officials, as the ground is flooding around the Mekong Delta, the rats are fleeing to higher ground enabling villagers to catch them easily.

The local children are happy to be making a little money by catching and selling the rats to the markets, but they do keep some back to feed their family. Apparently, there is also a demand from the Vietnamese who live on the boarder with the Cambodians. It is estimated that more than a tonne of live rats is supplied to Vietnam on a daily basis.

Poorer regions of Thailand have eaten rats for a number of years where fast food sellers have enjoyed a rise in rat sales, stating that rat is far tastier than other meats and those that have been caught in the rice fields are much cleaner than those caught in the towns and cities. The animals are drowned before being skinned ready for cooking.

It was said by an Indian official that eating rats was a way to combat the rise in global food prices with regular rat snacks keeping the rat population to a minimum, having fewer eating precious grains, 50% of which are lost to the feeding of the vermin.

The secretary of Bihar’s welfare department wanted to promote consumption of rat meat in restaurants and five star hotels and had held talks with prestigious hotels outside India in a bid to encourage them to include rat meat on their menus, but admitted that the public had to overcome their prejudices. He continued by saying socially deprived people in Bihar had always eaten rat meat so if it was good enough for them, why can’t everyone else indulge as this would help combat the global food crisis and we are sure it will work wonders.

Sarah Goldman

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