SHAKEN & STIRRED Apart from ‘Veganuary’

COMMENT Anti-meat protests are one

thing but recent comments by Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies urging people to buy organic or Red Tractor ‘high welfare’ meat in a bid to combat ‘a grave threat of antibiotic resistance in humans’ described by her as ‘apocalyptic’ is worrying. Not that she isn’t entitled

to raise awareness about antibiotic use – She is! But as an independent

Government adviser, influencing demand in the commercial market by prejudicing one production system against another is beyond any Chief Medical Officers remit. When it came to support

as custodian for the ‘farm to fork’ supply chain the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) and successors BPEX and EBLEX had few friends. But much criticised Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) has fewer still. Ten years aſter inception

and following another review isn’t it time AHDB Beef, Lamb and Pork did a bit more to support the industry against these factions and the likes of Dame Sally - or at least get behind those of us that do? n



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at the beginning of 2018, an attack on a butcher shop in Ashford Kent, a march through central London during August Bank Holiday weekend, an incident in Leeds Eastgate Market and a peaceful protest disrupting about an hour’s trading at Colchester Livestock Market in November, there’s been little activity from the anti- meat lobby. But in the lead up

to Christmas there has been more, ranging from peaceful demonstrations by committed Vegans to violence and criminal damage by extremists. As well as an Oxford group of academics proposing a Meat Tax and comments from the Chief Medical Officer, who frankly ought to know better.

FARM ATTACKS When a West Country

Farm shop proprietor decided to invite customers to ‘pick your own’ and name the main ingredient for the Christmas dinner. Matt Carter thought it a novel marketing initiative and a great way to re-connect kids to where food comes from. But when the ‘Vegan

brigade’ got to work with blue paint damaging property and stock. Having shaken everyone at Greendale Farm Shop near Exeter, the publicity did little for the Vegan cause other than raise interest, promote sales and prove

there’s no such thing as bad publicity. Criminal damage,

death threats and shouting through megaphones frightening the Turkeys in the paddocks at Kelly’s farm in Danbury, Essex. Likewise, did little for the anti-meat cause. And while stirred by violence and sensitive to even the slightest anti-meat publicity it’s a matter for debate as to whether such activities ever achieve their objective.

MEAT TAX The recent call for a meat

tax to support the UK’s drive to achieve environmental targets and improve the health of the nation is a skirmish fought many times before and must be taken seriously. With no fresh evidence,

the Oxford Martin School and research group with lead scientist ‘loud and proud’ vegan Dr Marco Springmann yet again propose a tax of between 14% - 79% on meat and meat products. Aiming to reduce individual consumption by two portions, around 110 grams a week. Shaken by practices of

the past the meat industry has been stirred to make advances in animal husbandry and butchery techniques, so that meat and meat products are produced environmentally more efficiently and healthier than before. Recent surveys show

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overall meat purchases to be up but evidence that a growing number of individual consumers are eating less. Adopting a much more varied diet, being more selective and buying better quality meat and meat products. Purchasing butcher own make sausages, burgers, ready to heat and ready to eat products that are higher quality, contain less additives and are healthier than many mass- produced products.

Claire Perry Meat is a popular choice

and valuable source of protein and nutrients in a balanced healthy diet. A meat tax will impact disproportionately on the lower paid and deprive many of a valuable food source. Particularly those that do not consume the Public Health England (PHE) recommended amount of 700 grams a week. Thankfully, unlike the

Carrier bag levy and Sugar tax the Government is side stepping this one and Climate Minister Claire Perry saying, “it’s not the Government’s place to tell people not to eat Steak and Chips”!

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