Originally Posted by JLibourel
I wonder if some of the contemporary aversion to organ meats isn't, perhaps prudently, based on a fear that these have been more contaminated by hormones and other drugs, pesticides and the like.
That would be too rational. I think it has more to do with how far removed people today are from the origin of the foods they eat. We live in a world where you can eat all kinds of meat and veggies and never had any idea how these things look in their natural state or how they got to your plate. People no longer grow foods or kill animals. We buy pre-packaged, processed, sanitized foods without all their bits and pieces. Most North Americans I know (including my wife) won't eat a fish dish if it's served whole with its head, eyes... that would remind them they're eating another animal. Give them a filet of sole or whatever and the're fine. The less fishy the taste the better too. North Americans' voracious appetite for white chicken meat is also part of this phenomenon. Also, people today are very picky eaters because no virtally no one goes hungry anymore whereas before you ate what was served to you and were happy to simply have a meal.