Tassie’s own Gourmet Farmer gets stuck into the ethics of eating meat.
GOURMET Farmer Matthew Evans knows there’s virtually no chance of Australia ever becoming a vegan country.
With this in mind, his new TV series - For the Love of Meat - dissects Australian consumers’ insatiable appetite for meat and the impact this has on animals, the planet, and our health.
The Huon Valley-based former Sydney restaurant reviewer is a meat eater himself, and therein lies the problem.
Australians consume the most meat of any country in the world only behind the United States, according to OECD data.
Evans runs his own freerange Fat Pig Farm at Glaziers Bay, where a who’s who of farm animals destined for the dinner table including cows, pigs, and sheep frolic gaily in the green pastures.
But, as he discovered during filming, the intensive factory farming of animals is often a world away from his methods.
While he acknowledges that it is not financially viable for meat to be mass-produced in the manner he practises, he was stunned by the scale of some of the operations.
“It’s startling being in a room where there’s chickens on this moving conveyor belt, going up and up and up as far as the eye can see in racks and rows,” he says, casting his towards the
“I’ve chosen to eat meat, and made a conscious decision that I’m happy to eat meat, knowing that an animal’s died, but being a meat eater doesn’t mean I can’t be an animal lover”
ceiling as if reimagining the scene.
Evans’s new series attempts to bring a voice and a new perspective to omnivores across the country who want to eat meat while causing minimal harm.
“On one side of the conversation about eating the meat, you have the intensive animal production industry, who says ‘guess what, we’re looking after animals not a problem, but you can’t see it, it’s done behind the locked farm gate, it’s nothing to do with you’,” he said.