Imagine being a pig on a typical farm in Europe. Most likely you'll have nothing to do but stare at your fellow pen mates and four concrete walls whilst you stand on a slatted floor. Shockingly, the European Commission thinks that keeping pigs in barren environments on slatted floors is the 'Best Available Technique' for the environment.
'The Pig Idea' was started by food waste campaigner Tristram Stuart and Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers, both of whom I have a huge amount of respect for. However I have joined the debate as there are some issues in their argument which I feel need addressing on behalf of BPEX and the pig farming industry...
As a cook and restaurateur who's keen to do my bit to help the environment, I'm always on the lookout for ways we can help minimise the impact of the food waste that busy restaurant kitchens create. So when Tristram Stuart and I met and started chatting about the idea of trying to reverse the ban on food waste, I felt that we were onto something hugely exciting.
The recent laboratory development of an in-vitro beef burger created from stem cells is causing quite a buzz amongst consumers. Most people's first reaction is one of disgust and trepidation. And then the many questions: how can I eat meat that was grown in a lab made possible only by human engineering?