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Meat Informally

Ever increasingly in South Africa and all over the developing world food security is becoming a major issue. Within this multifaceted issue I have isolated the production and sale of meat within the townships of Cape Town to highlight some of the problems and challenges that arise where there is a food security crisis, and what may cause this crisis.
South Africa produces enough food to feed it population, but in a system that is governed by money food is considered a commodity, and so food is found where there is wealth to spend. The segregation of classes found across the city of Cape Town makes it difficult for the low earning communities to travel to places where they can purchase good quality foods. This opens up a niche market within communities for locals to sell goods from informal shops, known as Spaza stores. The products sold here are often a little more expensive than the ones found in large shopping stores, but without having to pay the transport costs of having to get to these stores, it makes to more affordable. The meat industry works in a very similar way. As it is too expensive to travel to the high-end butchers, or to dine in restaurants where good meat is served, an informal sector has developed within the townships to feed the need to want to consume meat.
Cattle, sheep, chicken and goats are popular in the townships. Of the red meats, sheep is consumed the most. Goats are purchased...

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