SURVIVAL Lost & Found … (No. 36)

Posted by on 27. Januar 2012
Liebig's Feischextrakt

Stanley & Livingstone helping out with Liebig‘s Extract of Meat ...

It’s a strange story: The German nobleman and chemist Justus von Liebig concentrated meat so much, that one pound could be pressed into a cube like a dice. This „Liebig’s Fleischextrakt“ was produced in Uruguay (!) from 1862 on, and was a hit with all the explorers, from Henry M. Stanley to David Livingstone, who around this time started their „discoveries“. A three-month-ration didn’t take more space than a saddlebag, a single porter could carry what the whole expedition of 50 men needed per day. Look at the remarkable engraving from „In Darkest Africa“: Livingstone (with candle) and Stanley (with spoon) aiding a totally exhausted Madi carrier with spoonfulls of „Liebig Company’s Extract of Meat“ in the pitchdark jungle. Were the explorers paid for the advertisement? Well, Livingstone was an honest priest, he couldn’t be bribed, Stanley could easily. But I think Liebig sponsered their expeditions with ample food and both were happy without Liebig’s money …

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