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Food Thinkers: Fidelity Weston - Farming beef in Veganuary

City, University of London
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17:15-18:45 GMT

Organiser's description (via Centre for Food Policy, City, University of London)

Fidelity Weston, Farmer and advocate for grass-fed livestock farming 

Wednesday 26 January 2022, 5.15 - 6.45pm GMT 

January is the designated month for “Veganuary,” an annual campaign run by a UK non-profit organisation of the same name that promotes and educates about veganism. In this webinar Fidelity will talk about the experience of being a beef farmer in Veganuary, and explain why, in her view, raising livestock on grass and then eating the meat can play a part in restoring nature, maintaining healthy diets and reducing farming’s climate impacts. She will tell us how there are many different ways of producing beef, with different effects on the environment. The consumer needs to be able to appreciate and understand those differences so they can make positive choices over what they eat. With the introduction of the UK Government’s 25-year Environment Plan and the post-Brexit Agriculture Act, there are huge opportunities but also potential difficulties for farmers needing and wanting to change their farming methods. Farmers are often seen as ‘the problem’, but they are also key to the solutions needed to restore our biodiversity and help combat climate change. Realistic support – from policy-makers and the public – is needed during this period of great change. She would advocate for “Regenuary” as the way forward. 

The talk will be followed by an online Q&A session. Book your place.