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Butchers on the street thrive despite the rise of veganism

Local British butchers are thriving despite the rise of veganism and vegetarianism, as people seek higher quality meats despite reducing their overall consumption.

Spending on beef, lamb and pork in UK butchers rose 28 per cent to £338.5 million in 2020 and grew even more in 2021, where sales rose by £438 million, according to research by Kantar.

However, daily meat consumption in the UK has fallen by 17 percent over the past decade, with vegan meat imitations are thriving in supermarkets and are valued at £1 billion for the UK economy.

This is probably because middle-class Brits now look down on buying meat from the supermarket, with ’boutique butchers’ instead being the place to go for the best cuts.

Paul Grout, the founder of the Meat chain, which has butchers in some of North London’s most expensive postcodes, believes people are more interested in “the origin and want to know where their food comes from.”

Local UK butchers are thriving despite the rise of veganism and vegetarianism as people seek higher quality meats despite reducing their overall consumption (stock image)

Local UK butchers are thriving despite the rise of veganism and vegetarianism as people seek higher quality meats despite reducing their overall consumption (stock image)

He told the Time the question went ‘absolutely mental’ at his Stoke Newington store during the lockdown as locals were unable to go to restaurants £13.75 for 250g fillet steaks for £13.75 and £67.50 for 3kg leg of lamb for £67.50.

Other butchers, such as West London’s HG Walter – which supplies Michelin-starred restaurants and Harrods – saw queues around the block, despite the number of butchers in the UK falling 60 per cent to less than 5,500 over the past 25 years.

John Pallagi, CEO of Farmison & Co, an online butcher, told FEMAIL: “Making the nation eat better quality produce is something we have in common with many of those who advocate plant-based diets.

During the lockdown, not only did the demand for quality meat with flavor increase as people wanted to replicate the restaurant experience at home, but with it came the enthusiasm for the origin of our meat.

“I have always believed that British breeds taste better and that encouraging the public to seek out and eat this meat is good for the environment and a real superfood.

“We also experienced strong demand from our customers when we released educational pieces that, to be sustainable, need to reduce waste and eat the whole carcass.

Spending on beef, lamb and pork in UK butchers rose 28 per cent to £338.5m in 2020 and grew even more in 2021, where sales rose by £438m, according to research by Kantar (stock image)

Spending on beef, lamb and pork in UK butchers rose 28 per cent to £338.5m in 2020 and grew even more in 2021, where sales rose by £438m, according to research by Kantar (stock image)

Spending on beef, lamb and pork in UK butchers rose 28 per cent to £338.5m in 2020 and grew even more in 2021, where sales rose by £438m, according to research by Kantar (stock image)

“Customers who were suddenly preparing most of their own meals seized the opportunity to try new cuts, which helped us reduce waste.”

Tony Hindhaugh, director of Parson’s Nose Butcher, added: ‘Covid was a game-changer for the high street and especially for food retailers.

Undoubtedly, the skepticism that Covid was man-made and that it was linked to animals made customers question the food they ate. This along with shortages in major supermarkets and concerns about crowds helped get customers back to the high street and shop locally in their communities.

“People who work from home have clearly had an impact on meat sales as working time lunches have been wiped out and families spend more time together at the dinner table. People are more willing to cook for themselves and are much more aware of “you are what you eat”.

What is a climate diet and which foods should be avoided?

dr. Alona Pulde suggests considering the following everyday items, including coffee, sugar and palm oil, as they also contribute to increased CO2 emissions and deforestation.

● Beef and lamb. Consider limiting or eliminating them, as they contribute to environmental damage in the first place. The production of beef, mutton and milk even contributes 80% of the total greenhouse gas emissions among livestock

● Palm oil. Contributes to deforestation, soil erosion and depletion, destruction of natural habitats and higher carbon emissions

● Farmed fish. Require more consumption of wild fish than actual fish production. Their feces contribute to water pollution, while the buildup of fish can cause bacteria and other diseases

Coffee. Increased demand has led to production contributing to deforestation, heavy water use and runoff that pollutes waterways and destroys natural habitats

● Sugar. Production leads to deforestation and destroys natural habitats. It is water intensive, which erodes soil and pollutes waterways, damaging marine life ecosystems

‘Customers were more interested in where food came from and also much more willing to pay a little more to get peace of mind about the origin and quality of their food.

‘The environmental impact of this is enormous. Cheap meat is mass produced, full of growth hormones and releases a significant amount of harmful gases into our environment.

“With the lockdown easing and things gradually returning to normal, the trend has remained and has not abated. Parson’s Nose sales are still up significantly and the same appetite for knowledge and information about what you eat is still there with the customer. That is good for the butcher’s shop and the shopping street, but also for local and responsible shopping.’

Earlier this month, a study published in the journal The Lancet Planetary Health revealed that most people eat less red meat and processed meat than they did a decade ago.

The Oxford-based team found that while there has been a 17g daily drop in national daily meat consumption per person, this is not happening fast enough to meet the National Food Strategy’s target.

The target, which is based on a review of the UK’s food system, including agriculture and sustainability, recommended that meat consumption should fall by 30 percent over the next ten years.

Elsewhere, a recent report from Waitrose found that middle-class Britons are throwing away meat and following a ‘climate diet’ to reduce their carbon footprint.

Dubbed the ‘new 5:2 diet’ — a reference to a popular weight-loss method where people diet just two days a week — environmentally conscious Brits go vegetarian five days a week and treat themselves to meat on weekends.

But it’s not just reducing meat consumption to be more green, Waitrose shoppers are also looking for other ways to be more environmentally friendly with their diets, including minimizing food waste by donating excess food and not buying groceries that come in handy. excess packaging are packed.

Nearly 70 percent of Waitrose’s customers said reducing their climate footprint was ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ important.

Meanwhile, Lifesum, the leading global nutrition app, has launched a ‘climate’ diet for its users that focuses on reducing the environmental footprint with plant-based, locally produced products.

It’s not the same as a vegan diet — because it includes eco-friendly meats like chicken — but it avoids plants that are harmful to the environment, like almonds and avocados.

Earlier this year, Countryfile presenter Adam Henson warned of the fruit’s devastating impact on the environment.

He said: ‘Avocados and almond milk are disastrous for the environment. It’s not a simple argument.

‘Beef, sheep and dairy farmers are often blamed about health and climate change, but the industries are doing a lot about it.

“So I would urge people to eat British food and not buy cheap food from abroad.”

The labor to make avocados is very water intensive – a kilo of avocados needs 2000 liters of water to grow.

And this, coupled with Western fascination with the fruit, has led avocados to be associated with water shortages, human rights violations, illegal deforestation, ecosystem destruction and general environmental destruction in Mexico.

Food is responsible for 20-30 percent of all global CO2 emissions. Also an important part is reducing the consumption of animal foods, especially beef, which contribute to higher emissions than plant foods (about 57 percent compared to 29 percent) and more than transportation worldwide.

‘A climate diet focused on whole plant foods has been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, autoimmune diseases and obesity, while increasing overall vitality, mental health and longevity. Some people even notice that their skin no longer has pimples or acne — or just looks healthier and younger,” Dr. Alona Pulde to FEMAIL.

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