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Meat, veganism, and sustainable diets: How the Elizabethan’s can help us find a little perspective



Meat has become one of the most contentious areas of our food system with the sharp increase of veganism popularly portrayed as its arch nemesis and principal cause of its uncertain future. Many feel the debate would benefit from a little more light than heat. Henry Dimbleby noted during his speech to the Oxford Farming Conference on 8thJanuary this year:

The tone of the debate [about meat] has been unpleasant. The name calling, and the framing of the argument in terms of goodies and baddies. But worse than the insults, it has become a dialogue of the deaf, with each side making their points increasingly trenchantly and no one listening. Which might be all right, if we weren’t discussing the

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