Inflation Makes Rat Meat Popular in Cambodia

Rising food prices in Cambodia has a particularly strange consequence: it makes rat meat more popular as inflation has put the price of other meat out of the reach of poor people!

Spicy field rat dishes with garlic thrown in have become particularly popular at a time when beef costs 20,000 riel a kg.

Officials said rats were fleeing to higher ground from flooded areas of the lower Mekong Delta, making it easier for villagers to catch them.

"Many children are happy making some money from selling the animals to the markets, but they keep some for their family," Ly Marong, an agriculture official, said by telephone from the Koh Thom district on the border with Vietnam.


(Photo: REUTERS/Chor Sokunthea)

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FUCK ME I'M FLAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rat meat gives me a fucking rock hard boner!
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hehe - I prepared a post on this story this afternoon, too, and then decided to spike it because I wasn't sure that our audience would appreciate the photograph - and it wasn't much of a story without it.

I'm glad that YOU thought it was neat, too, Alex!
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Flesh is flesh. At least rats (unlike cows) aren't being raised to ridiculous numbers, harming/depleting our water and food supplies, destroying the land on which they feed and crap, and adding to the world's environmental problems on a scale that blows away any problems we have from auto emissions and plastic.
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