Meat-free Week and Sustainable Agriculture

This week is “Meat Free Week” in the UK and Australia, an initiative started by an Australian charity a couple of years ago. The aim is to “get you thinking” about the amount of meat we eat and the impact of meat production on “health, animals and the environment”:

https://uk.meatfreeweek.org/home

As a counterpoint, check out this article in the Guardian which question the efficacy of Meat Free Week and in the process makes some interesting points on why people make more sustainable/less unsustainable lifestyle choices. There’s also a link at the bottom to the Guardian’s “Sustainable Blog of the Week” series:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2015/mar/24/why-meat-free-week-wont-work

Meat Free Week also got me thinking about agriculture in Ireland, our largest indigenous industry. It’s a classic sustainability trade-off – long-term environmental impact versus short-term economic impact. Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, is tackling the issue through carbon audits of farms around the country. Here’s a link to their sustainability policy, Origin Green, with some interesting stuff under the “Farms” and “Dairy” headings:

http://www.origingreen.ie/

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