In this transcript of a talk from our session at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, Joanna Blythman talks about the nutritional and cultural value of meat. You can watch a film of the session here.
In my view, for any diet to be credible it has to fulfill 2 key requirements.
Firstly, it must be a diet that keeps people healthy. That should be obvious.
Secondly, unless our diet is to override planetary limits and therefore trash the environment, what we put on our plates must reflect the productive capacity of our land.
Now, I have interrogated the fashionable plant-based concept using these criteria, and concluded that I certainly won’t be adopting it, or recommending that anyone else does.