Britain Must Grow More Sustainable Food

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Proposals for national food strategy calls for UK farming ‘revolution’ in response to climate change and food security (2010)

Britain must grow more food, while using less water and reducing emission of greenhouse gases, to respond to the challenge of climate change and growing world populations, the environment secretary, Hilary Benn, said yesterday.

“Food security is as important to this country’s future wellbeing, and the world’s, as energy security. We need to produce more food. We need to do it sustainably. And we need to make sure what we eat safeguards our health,” he said.

Launching the government’s food strategy for the next 20 years with a speech to the Oxford Farming Conference, he proposed a consumer-led, technological revolution to transform UK farming.

“We know that the consequences of the way we produce and consume our food are unsustainable to our planet and to ourselves,” he said. “We know we are at one of those moments in our history where the future of our economy, our environment, and our society will be shaped by the choices we make now.”

He said consumers, rather than retailers, should lead by buying “greener” food, wasting less and growing more of their own: “People power can help bring about a revolution in the way food is produced and sold.”

Food businesses, supermarkets and manufacturers would follow consumer demand for food that was local, healthy and had a smaller environmental footprint – just as consumers had pushed the rapid expansion of Fairtrade products and free range eggs in the last decade, Benn said.
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How Does Your Chicken Live?

This is a clip taken from the ‘Nigel and Adams Farm Kitchen’ TV series which basically shows us how much room our chickens have to grow, how much access to light and what food they eat.

Watch the video for full information but basically:
A “normal” chicken has 15 birds per square meter.
A “RSPCA” chicken has 13 birds per square meter.
A “‘free range” chicken has 1 square meter to it’s self, it gets to spend around half of it’s life with access to outdoors.
A “organic” bird has 2.5 square meters to it’s self, it gets to spend around a third of it’s life outdoors.

Care about the animal or genuinely how the meat your eating is reared then buy free range and if you can afford it, Organic. Like he says in the clip though, maybe we should eat less meat and buy solely Organic.

I’ve posted this so the customer can make a more informed decision, the choice is completely yours!

Organic Chicken Has 10x More Omega 3

Watch this great clip showing supermarket bought chickens being tested in a tab for fat and omega 3 contents. It basically shows that an Organic free range chickens have 10x more omega 3 and is a less fatty product than the rest.

Animals themselves can’t create their own essentially fatty acids (omega 3) they have to get that from plants/grass, along with exercise and a long (slowly grown) life. Free range is the way forward and organically fed makes a lot of sense.

We Are What You Eat?

Eye opening clip showing the ugly side of our industrial scale meat production and ends in showing us what its doing to our bodies!

Really is well worth a watching, the part showing the pigs was really quite disgusting! As consumers we have really got to use our spending power and not buy mass produced rubbish.

Its just another reason to support local farms that have humane stocking densities and treat their livestock well. Look for farms selling onsite butchers and those that distribute at farmers markets for more informed information about where your meat comes from. Other interesting things to look out for is “rare breeds”, “organic”, “free range”, they often are more focused on quality over quantity.

Finally its got to be said we eat a lot more meat than we need in a western diet and it’s said by Doctors here in the UK that a Mediterranean diet is the way to go which entails having meat just once a week (along with fish twice a week). Maybe cuttings back on the meat and spending more money on a higher quality well reared animal while supporting local businesses is likely best for us all. Of course I’ll let you be the judge of that!

This clip is taken from the movie “Samsara”.