Is ve­g­an­ism one sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for the fu­ture of farm­ing?

Waihi Leader - - News -

No doubt about it . . . We could grow all the food we need on about a 10th of the pro­duc­tive land we cur­rently use to raise an­i­mals, which would leave space for way more trees, bees, wildlife and biodiversity than we have now.

At the mo­ment we’re ba­si­cally plun­der­ing our nat­u­ral re­sources to cre­ate way more meat and dairy than peo­ple used to eat in the past. The rea­son the Ama­zon is be­ing felled is not for the tim­ber, it’s be­cause they’re clear­ing space to grow soy­beans to feed to cows — that’s a re­ally in­ef­fi­cient way to pro­duce food as well as a catas­tro­phe for the planet as a whole.

I’ve spo­ken to older ki­wis who tell me that when they were young they used to eat chicken three times a year as a spe­cial treat, which high­lights how dif­fer­ently we eat now com­pared to our grand­par­ents. I’ve been pay­ing at­ten­tion to devel­op­ments in the food world over the last few years and it’s ob­vi­ous that most peo­ple will be eat­ing way fewer an­i­mal prod­ucts in fu­ture, if only be­cause a ris­ing world pop­u­la­tion on a fixed-sized planet is sim­ple maths.

What’s fas­ci­nat­ing right now is com­pa­nies world­wide are in­vest­ing in plant-based pro­tein, they can see where the fu­ture lies and New Zealand has an op­por­tu­nity to be part of it if we move quickly. foods.

To me it’s not rocket science — the more fruits and veg­gies we eat the bet­ter, and when we make those a pri­or­ity we nat­u­rally tend to eat less of the other stuff. tea­spoon of salt into a food pro­ces­sor and blend till it’s nice and fine. This makes an awe­some top­ping for sal­ads, soups and pasta and you can just keep it in the pantry, I al­ways have some handy and use it all the time.

Find more about Aaron Brunet’s plant-based recipes in the NZ Her­ald’s weekly Bite magazine.

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