To Meat or not to Meat?

Every day there seems to be something in the Media about eating meat. We are being encouraged to eat less meat (IPCC Report 2019) to reduce carbon and methane emissions. But reducing Co2 is so much more complicated. Emissions from rearing animals, particularly cattle for meat and dairy consumption may account for some 14% of the total created by us. This is an international figure though, and may not be true for the UK.

If you saw the BBC documentary on Monday 25th November, “Meat, a Threat to our Planet”, you may have been put off eating meat ever again. It was horrific to see vast herds of cattle and huge numbers of intensive pig farms which feed the American appetite for meat, and the ecological consequences of this. It is shocking to see farmers burning Amazon rainforest so that they can rear beef cattle, and the precious Sierra in Brazil being turned over to grain to feed these animals. Industrial scale “factory” farming like this produces cheaper meat and it is this that we need to stop eating. So let’s not eat meat from America or Brazil, but let’s continue to support our local meat producers. Our carbon footprint and farming practice is nothing like that of the Americas. Small scale pasture-reared meat is high in nutritional value and low in carbon footprint.

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“Food” – A Book Group

Food is something we are all interested in. But how does it get to our table? Ledbury Food Group introduces its new Book Group on Thursday 17th January at 7pm. It’s an opportunity for us to “chew the cud” over some of the themes of current books relating to our food, finding out about the joys and challenges farmers face and the history of production. Books such as “The Secret Life of Cows”, forwarded by Alan Bennett, which appeared last year are full of discussion topics. The author Rosamund Young came to Ledbury in March to talk about it. Her introduction explores traditional and commercial farming and the book features hilarious anecdotes about her experiences rearing cows.

“Pig” is the new book on the block. Written by Helen Browning, pig farmer and chief executive of the Soil Association, “Pig” is the first book I would like to introduce the Food-Book Group to. Helen has been invited to Ledbury in April to talk about her farming experiences, and undoubtedly sustainable farming and food production as well. Continue reading ““Food” – A Book Group”

How Can We Reduce Single Use Plastic in Ledbury?

Ledbury may not be on the coast, but it does have fantastic countryside which suffers from plastic waste in our parks, on the hills and country lanes.

We live in a disposable society, but that doesn’t mean that we should continue to use single use plastics that take several hundred to thousands of years to decompose Vs biodegradable bags or corn-starch take away containers that can take between 3 and 6 months decompose. Continue reading “How Can We Reduce Single Use Plastic in Ledbury?”

Milk Matters – What’s happened to our Milk?

What are the differences between the milk we buy at the supermarket and real milk?

Why do these differences exist and what are the health implications?

You are invited to join local author Rob Elliott and Sally Dean for another talk and discussion evening, this time to explore why milk is not like it used be. The evening is hosted by the Ledbury Library Development Group. John Barron, a local producer of scrumptious Jersey milk, will join us. You will have an opportunity to sample John’s milk and discover the true taste of milk as it used to be. Continue reading “Milk Matters – What’s happened to our Milk?”

What are the connections between food and good health? A further exploration

Rob Elliott and Sally Dean are back by popular request to explore further the modern-day myths and mis-information surrounding our food. Rob will introduce Jayne West, a kinesiologist who will introduce the fascinating therapy of kinesiology – an effective and holistic way of determining each individual’s unique dietary requirements. Continue reading “What are the connections between food and good health? A further exploration”

The future for Food, and a really good Feast…

Two events for you at the Master’s House, St Katherine’s, Ledbury

Where do we go from here with food and farming?

Rob Elliott and Sally Dean ask this question in the third of their talk/discussion series on Monday 16th November at 7pm.

Don’t worry if you missed the others in this series as there will be plenty to interest in this session.

Rob says, “We will discuss the options we have today regarding our future health and food security, looking also at how those options might address the problems of environmental degradation, human misery and the general ecological health of our planet.  Where do we go from here with regard to food and farming?  Can we continue to feed a growing population?  What about the obesity crisis?  Or indeed poverty and hunger?

We will look at these issues through the eyes of some of today’s new pioneers, including one of our very own back-to-nature (and “back to the future”) farmers, Simon Cutter of Model Farm near Ross-on-Wye, who will give us a brief but inspiring overview of how and why he farms in a genuinely sustainable way.”

Not to be missed, tickets costing £6 can be purchased in advance at Ledbury Library, and will be available on the night.   Your ticket includes light refreshments and a very local drink.

This event is organised by Ledbury Library Development Association in association with Ledbury Food Group.

Grass-fed cattle at Lower Hope, Ullingwick
Grass-fed cattle at Lower Hope, Ullingwick

Feast at the Master’s Table

Eat, drink, be merry and entertained at a splendid meal of local food in the glorious medieval setting of Ledbury’s Master’s House.

The Friends of the Master’s House invite you to join them, and the Master, on Saturday 21st November for an evening of food and entertainment starting from 7pm.

A three course meal of seasonal local specialities will be provided from the pop up kitchen manned by Belinda Sparey’s team from “The Best of Taste”.

Various musical and other divertissements will be provided to entertain you, and period costume is optional.

Tickets are now on sale at Ledbury Library for this special event at £30 – numbers are limited and tickets must be bought in advance.   Drinks will be available at the event.

This event – which could become an annual occasion – is organised as part of an ongoing programme of events at the recently restored and revived Master’s House.

Medieval Feast