Farmers Guradian
Topics
Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

Nine ways to keep your farm vehicles safe

DataHub

DataHub

Dairy Farmer Magazine

Dairy Farmer Magazine

British Farming Awards

CropTec

LAMMA 2019

'The time has come for farmers to listen to vegans - but they must listen to us'

We’re inundated with fantastic letters every week at Farmers Guardian, tackling a wide range of topics which affect British agriculture.

 

Here, reader Rhian Pierce discusses the ongoing vegan debate.

TwitterFacebook
TwitterFacebook
Share This

'The time has come for farmers to listen to vegans - but they must listen to us'

Vegan is a dirty word in agriculture.

 

Sadly, three of my 30-something-year-old friends (living in London) have recently become vegan, which has led to some lively conversations.

 

The main reasons for their conversion is either due to concerns over animal welfare or to reduce their carbon footprint.

 

The most interesting point I learned is their beliefs about animal welfare come from organisations such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and other worldwide organisations which shed light on some of the barbaric ways animals are treated outside of the UK.

 

This is where my bug bear lies – they were not aware animal welfare standards in the UK are the highest in the world.

 

Is there some way of sensibly countering the propaganda put out there by PETA, to raise awareness in British consumers that we do not shoot all bull calves at birth, for example?


Read More

Dietary think tank rapped after suggesting UK-wide reduction of red meat Dietary think tank rapped after suggesting UK-wide reduction of red meat
Farmers versus vegans: Healthy debate or all-out war? Farmers versus vegans: Healthy debate or all-out war?
Furious farmers slam Lewis Hamilton for ‘hypocritical’ move to veganism Furious farmers slam Lewis Hamilton for ‘hypocritical’ move to veganism
Heartbroken farmer slams 'black hearted vegans' after cows killed by lightning Heartbroken farmer slams 'black hearted vegans' after cows killed by lightning
Rural police team withdraws from Twitter after vegan brands them ‘thoughtless’ Rural police team withdraws from Twitter after vegan brands them ‘thoughtless’

In terms of carbon footprint, again these facts are often derived from large feed-lot examples in the Americas, not from our mostly pasture-reared beef and lamb.

 

Do we have arguments and facts for British carbon footprint of beef and lamb to put out there?

I think the time has come to listen to vegans, as they could be our current and future customers, rather than referring to them as extremists whose views are not worth giving the time of day to.

 

Considering the population of London is three times that of Wales, it would not take much for there to be more of ‘them’ than ‘us’.

 

Rhian Pierce, via email.

FG subs FINAL 2017

TwitterFacebook
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

Most Recent

Facebook
Twitter
RSS
Facebook
Twitter
RSS