Is veganism one sustainable solution for the future of farming?
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.