Artisan Food Magazine September

Artisan Food Magazine September

Cumbria has a great new independent e-magazine for foodies, including video. In the new issue Michelin chef Simon Rogan explains why he’s partnered with Howbarrow Organic Farm to have his own supply of vegetables, and why he’s stopped deconstructing carrots. Click the link to read/watch the Aug-Sep issue:
http://www.artisan-food.com/magazine

Eat Biodiversity
Food and water are going to become in huge demand and by 2050, we are likely to have 9 billion mouths to feed, animals not included! (1)
Livestock farmers are now the eco warriors’ public enemy NO1, but, there is more to this than just flatulence!
Farming on an upland, mixed grass based farm, within an environmental scheme, has more benefits than just protecting the local habitats and watercourses.
Animals fed on grain, are indeed, eating a precious resource that is hugely taxing on both water and oil and damaging to the local and global environment. In my opinion grain should be used for feeding mainly humans, especially as food becomes increasingly scarce or less secure in the UK.
Does this mean giving up meat and becoming vegan?
What seems to have been overlooked, in this industrial age of farming, is that a huge area of the UK is made up of land that is too steep or hard to grow crops. This land however, can still be utilised by hardy native animals to produce meat.
Grazing livestock need not be to the detriment of local habitats and eco systems and, in many cases, can be carefully managed to help protect and maintain precious environmentally sensitive areas.
You may say, ‘well this is a quaint idea, but it is not likely to feed our modern world’. I agree, we do need to be far more efficient, less wasteful and to look at all options for better utilisation and productivity of our food worldwide. However, as proved in studies as long ago as the 1950s, pastures managed in a certain way, can produce more food per hectare than arable crops. (2), (3)
In addition to this slightly happier synario, we can offer the planet the protection of keeping millions of tonnes of harmful carbon locked up in moorland, grassland and woodland. (In England alone the degradation of our peat bogs is equivalent to 5 years carbon emissions).
My message is, help the planet, eat half the amount of meat, but select it from farms that are growing it in areas that are managed in harmony with the environment.
1) Tim Lang
(2) Graham Harvey- the carbon fields
(3) Gene Logsdon “all flesh is grass” Norman Wizba, Kentucky University Press.

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