Britain’s farmers are urging the public to ‘see the bigger picture’ when it comes to the environmental impact of agriculture.
With concerns about the food we should eat at an all-time high, many people are questioning what sort of diet they should follow to protect the environment.
In response to these concerns, members of The Farming Forum – which has over 40,000 members – offer the following advice:
- The diet that is kindest to the planet is a local one with minimal food miles, so reducing the pollution and congestion associated with the long-distance haulage of food. By eating British you can enjoy a balanced diet, complete with meat and dairy, safe in the knowledge that it has been produced to the highest environmental standards with a minimal carbon footprint.
- Livestock play a crucial role in an environment friendly food system. Cattle and sheep produce natural fertilizer, utilize land on which crops cannot be grown, and turn food not making the grade for human consumption into nutritious meat and milk.
- The highly processed foodstuffs being presented as alternatives to meat and dairy are damaging to the environment at every stage. The production of the raw ingredients involves the destruction of natural ecosystems, the transportation of these ingredients around the planet consumes vast amounts of fuel, and the manufacturing process then consumes yet more fuel and electricity as well as generating a mountain of packaging waste.
- It is important to understand that the money behind many of the industrially produced meat alternatives is coming from international investors with little concern for the environment. Their only motive is profit, to be made through control of the food you eat.
As consumers we all have a choice, support these global corporations, or support Britain’s farmers who have a vested interest in maintaining a sustainable environment.