The reason so little is known about
is that until as recently as seventy years
ago, before migration from rural areas to the cities
accompanied by unprecedented population growth resulted in
the demise of the family farm, most people acquired their
poultry, meat and fish products directly from a farmer,
butcher or fishmonger. Family butchers and fishmongers
sourced their supplies from relatively small producers.
These producers were mainly, farmers, fishermen and small
abattoirs for whom of unwanted fish and animal waste by-products
was not a problem.
However, with specialization came sophistication and
efficiency. Small independent renderers consolidated
their operations. Batch cookers were replaced with
systems operated by skilled personnel
using state of the art computerized operating control
and the were introduced.
has come a long way. It is in the best sense of the word. Everything is
are organic. Government grants and subsidies are not
required to support the industry and the industry creates
valuable long-term employment while sustaining the . Although the
industry is seldom properly understood, the
necessary role it plays in our lives soon becomes apparent
if we take the time and trouble to learn about it and
consider the alternatives.