Matthew Evans:

Tassie’s own Gourmet Farmer gets stuck into the ethics of eat­ing meat.

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - NEWS -

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.

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