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How have you changed your buying habits since the start of the horsemeat crisis?

Posted by Duncan Barkes on February 12, 2013 at 04:22AM

Will you use your local butcher now? I will
Morning, Duncan Barkes here!
 
This is what we talked about on Tuesday morning on London's Biggest Conversation.

Horse meat was the top story this morning. Tests carried out by Tesco have confirmed that its frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese, which was withdrawn from sale a week ago, is up to 100 per cent horse meat. The results showed that of the 23 tests carried out three contained between 60 and 100 per cent horse meat.  Most of the tests showed horse DNA at trace level.
 
So we asked how have you changed your buying habits since the start of the horsemeat crisis? I say that we should all buy from our local butchers. Do it today, you won't regret it!
 
At 2am we talked about lone parents. Lone parents are "less effective" at raising children than their married counterparts, a former adviser to Nick Clegg claimed as he called for men to contribute more to family life. Richard Reeves, the deputy prime minister's former director of strategy, claimed that while fathers have "greatly increased" their contribution to childrearing and housework "women continue to get the sharp end of the stick".
 
Are lone parents less effective at raising children than married couples? We had a very engaging hour of radio, so make sure you podcast the show at lbc.co.uk.
 
Finally, as usual we lighten the mood at 3am. Pet dogs are much more likely to steal food when they think nobody can see them, suggesting for the first time that they can understand a human's point of view. For years, dog lovers have argued that their beloved pooches are clever and can understand humans - but until now it hadn't been tested by science. Experts have discovered that when a human tells a dog not to take food, it is four times more likely to disobey in a dark room than a lit room.
 
Do you think dogs really understand humans? Does your dog understand you? Overwhemingly the majority believe that dogs can understand their owners.

A great discussion with many of you today, I hope to speak to more of you tomorrow

Duncan

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