Is ma’ Wurscht

Sausages, statistical data

Collaboration with Veronika Krenn/Taste of Data

Linzer Torten Diagramm

Looking at the Corruption Perceptions Index 2012 by Transparency International it’s clear that corruption is still a major threat facing humanity. Corruption undermines countries and institutions, it destroys lives and communities. Corruption amounts to a dirty tax, and the poor and most vulnerable are its primary victims.

A sausage is a food made from ground meat with an intestine around it. Traditionally, sausage makers would salt various tissues and organs such as scraps, organ meats, blood, and fat to help preserve them. Yet, with the mass produced factory-made sausage nobody really knows what the producers choose to be its ingredients. Identically there is difficulty in measuring corruption, which by definition happens behind the scenes.

Linzer Torten Diagramm

In this Taste of data project four types of sausages are made using traditional recipe from four countries, this includes the Austrian Käsekrainer, the Australian Basic beef sausage, the Italian Cotechino and the Bulgarian Nadenica. The sausages are  prepared proportional to their Corruption Perceptions Index position: one part is the traditional recipe and the other is related to a meat production scandal in each of these countries. The Austrian and the Italian sausage refer to the “2013 meat adulteration scandal” where foods advertised as containing beef were found to consist of undeclared horse meat. The Australian contains additionally sea food and the Bulgarian – toilet paper.

Nadenica or kremvirshi are one of the most popular meat products in Bulgaria. Recent research across the European Union showed that the Bulgarians are one of the last places in the consumption of pure meat, but far ahead in shopping sausages. In fact the menu often consists of cheap harmful perishable salami and sausages, according to the study.

Bulgaria joined the Europian Union in 2007 but ever since the ruling governments were alleged several times in misappropriation of the received funds. Bulgaria together with Romania shows the lowest values of all EU member. Corruption is perceived as the most urgent problem that Bulgaria is facing and why the country is often criticized for the lack of results in the fight against it.