As the Vegan Society says, “our food system is broken”. Food producers are not rewarded for their work, livestock production is cruel to farmed animals, intensive agriculture is causing biodiversity loss, and what we eat is fuelling an obesity crisis. Is there an alternative? Published on the 12th July by The Vegan Society, Planting Value in the Food System presents an ambitious but practical vision for a fully plant-based food system with the ability to help achieve climate targets, reduce the impact on our health service, improve the experiences of farmers and farm workers, and ultimately save the lives of thousands of animals.
‘Planting Value’ was written by Dr Alex Lockwood, Senior Lecturer at the University of Sunderland, in consultation with The Vegan Society policy team. In this shortcast Alex explains the process and thinking behind the report, and the four key elements we should look out for.
There is a real opportunity for deep-rooted change in the way we produce, relate to, and consume food, and to quote Alex from this shortcast, “The Vegan Society is working towards a vision for a food system which not only respects the rights of animals but is also economically and socially just“.