Following on from the horse meat scandal in Europe, Germany's development minister, Dirk Niebel, has caused outrage by suggesting that instead of destroying millions of tons of perfectly edible horse/cow meat, that these processed meals be given free to the poor and hungry in Germany. The Green Party condemned the suggestion, saying that Niebel would never put the food on the Parliament's menu. Socialist party Die Linke said that the poor should not become the "garbage disposal unit" of the country. Spokesman for German Catholic Bishops, Matthias Kopp, said on Friday the idea was insulting to those in need and that "everyone in need must receive minimum quality standards." On the other hand, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), has backed the proposal: "We as a Church find the throw-away mentality in our society concerning. How and whether to distribute the products in question would have to be examined." A lot of people here don't seem to mind what it is, as long as they know. It is, after all, a case of fraud not health and safety. There's a small risk that the horse meat was contaminated by a harmful kind of painkiller, but that has not been detected in any of the samples tested so far, and so remains purely speculation for now. For me, to offer it to poor people as an alternative to going hungry seems a better use of the food than simply dumping it because people don't want to eat horse when they buy beef.