Like I mentioned in class I just went on a Study Abroad this summer to Ghana, West Africa with the Social Work/Disability Studies program here at Eastern. Their were many generalizations I made about Africa. Elephants could be found everywhere, they would drive the same as in the U.S, Ground nut paste is the same as peanut butter, little things like that. However, one of the main shocks that our group got down there is that Chickens definitely do not come from Safeway. We spent a couple days helping out a organization of people with disabilities get money to build another chicken coup on a poultry farm that is second best in the country. As a thank you for our help in freeing up resources we received a live chicken with it’s legs broken so that it couldn’t get away. Luckily they butchered it for us but we still had the process of taking the meat off the bone and seeing the poor thing with neck still attached after being De-feathered. I grew up in farm land so I knew how the process worked, but some of our group was a little disgusted by this process. Almost everyone ate the soup we made with the chicken (one person insisted no chicken chunks in hers). We all learned very quickly that day that chicken does not come from Safeway.
Here is a humorous blog post from our trip: http://access4all.ewu.edu/2011/08/29/the-saga-of-charlie-betsy-maribell-beth-macbeth-dinner/
We generalized that the chicken we would eat in Ghana would be prepackaged boneless, skinless, chicken breast like it comes most often in the U.S. We were wrong.