Jun 26th, 2019
Sorry to have to go against the trend here but I am going to and I don’t care what anyone says about me on Twitter or any other one of these inane social media sites. I’ve nothing against vegetarian food, and in fact I don’t eat a lot of meat myself, but this modern trend is just getting silly.
I happened to notice a vegan pizza when I was ordering from ASDA today, and thought it sounded quite nice. Then I looked at the ingredients list, and it was a mass of additives and substitutes. As far as I am concerned, other people can eat what they like, but frankly, I think it is more nature friendly to eat a free range egg and some cheese that comes from a farm that is reasonable kind to its animals, than it is to consume a load of chemicals made in a factory with goodness knows what environmental impact. I accept that commercial non-vegan pizzas contain additives as well, but not anything like as many as the vegan alternatives.
The ingredient list for my homemade pizza is – bread flour, yeast, olive oil, onions, peppers, tomatoes, tomato puree, herbs from garden, cheese. A little bit of meat of some sort on top (sometimes but not always).
Before people become vegans they should also think about the impact this would have on our countryside if everyone did this. No more Heilan’ Coos. No more sheep or little lambs. No more chickens pecking around in back yards. I hate factory farming and everything involved with it, but if animals were not involved in the human food chain they just wouldn’t be bred in the first place. I am sure if you asked a cow and it was able to answer, it would rather have a few years grazing in a field in Argyll and bringing up its young, followed by a humane death, rather than never having existed at all and being replaced with a field of soybeans and a load of extra human beings.
I’m entirely with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on this subject. People in general need to eat less meat, but veganism to my mind is not a good answer.