"Where does meat come from?" could be a question just as hard to answer as "Where do babies come from?", according to University of Adelaide researchers.
They are about to embark on a pilot study aimed at understanding the attitudes of Australian meat-eating families to the use of animals for food production and to consuming meat generally.
"We expect that for many parents talking about where the meat being consumed in their household comes from may be one of those taboo or difficult topics, right up there with sex or drugs, but one that many kids want to know about," said Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny on Monday.
"We hope that this research will give us more information on what parents think about talking with their children about meat production and what support might be provided to help them do so in a constructive and accurate manner."For more information or to participate in the study go to: ua.edu.au/foodresearch.