Our call to UK Government: Look at vegan farming
The Vegan Society are continuing our World Vegan Month challenge the UK Government: "Take a proper look at the benefits of a move away from 'animal farming'."
ACTION POINT We need your help! If you have a UK MP, will you take 5 minutes to ask them to take plant-based farming and food seriously? Just put your UK postcode into our reply form to get started. (Please click 'Like' at the bottom of that page if you don't have a UK MP). ACTION POINT
Vegan food and stock-free farming know-how 'do more with less'. We could increase the human food supply by as much as 50%. The Vegan Society have estimated that, in the UK context, we can produce nutritious, interesting plant-based diets using just one third the fertile land, fresh water and energy currently used for the typical British 'meat-and-dairy' based diet . Governments can make quick progress on global food security by switching subsidies away from 'animal farming' and into stock-free farming.
The Vegan Society has discussed all these issues in our response to the UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on "Shaping a UK 'agri-tech' strategy". We welcome moves to ensure sufficient, safe nutritious food for all whilst reducing environmental damage. The practices of successful stock-free farmers are an invaluable form of 'agri-tech'. We have asked the UK Government to keep us involved in their sustainable farming work, too.
We can all benefit greatly from the experience of successful stock-free farming experts. But these benefits can only be realised if farmers' leaders and policy makers look carefully at stock-free methods. We have replied to the UK BIS consultation on behalf of many groups, including UK consumers who are seeking healthy, environmentally sustainable food; on behalf of the farmers and others living in the Majority world, especially those 1 billion already living in hunger; on behalf of UK farmers seeking sustainable livelihoods in plant-based agriculture; and, of course, on behalf of the non-human animals currently subjected to human farming.
Notes for Editors
1. Walsh, S Environmental impact of vegans versus conventional diets in the UK. Birmingham, UK: The Vegan Society; 2009 http://www.vegansociety.com/feature-articles/Environmental%20impact%20of%20vegans%20versus%20conventional%20diets%20in%20the%20UK.pdf [accessed 16 Nov 2012].
2. UK Government Department for Business, Innovation and Skills call for evidence 2012, Shaping a UK 'agri-tech' strategy. http://www.bis.gov.uk/Consultations/shaping-uk-agri-tech-strategy-call-for-evidence [accessed 21 Nov 2012]
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