Ep5. Less meat - win-win-win or elitist?

Triple win for people, planet and animals or elitist and unrealistic?




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Part 5 - An alternative to industrial animal agriculture      (14 minutes)


Robert Barbour and Richard Young of the Sustainable Food Trust share what motivates their alternative vision to intensive livestock production. They argue that pasture-based systems, where animals are able to to express their natural behaviors and aren't consuming large quantities of feed crops, can benefit nature and biodiversity while providing nutritious meat and milk.





Richard Young is Policy director at the Sustainable Food Trust and is an organic grass-fed cattle and sheep farmer, managing 390 acres on the Cotswolds.


Robert Barbour is a Senior Research Officer at the Sustainable Food Trust and comes from a farming family producing organic beef and sheep, as well as trees for timber.





Feeding Britain report (Sustainable Food Trust, 2022)


Speed the plough – or the direct drill and sprayer? (Richard Young, 2023)


Campaign to support local abattoirs,  (Sustainable Food Trust, 2018)


Hidden Cost of UK Food report (Sustainable Food Trust, 2019)


The insect apocalypse, and why it matters (Dave Goulson, 2019)


Considering Regenesis: A Perspective from the Sustainable Food Trust (2022)


Global Farm Metric