Had a very enjoyable meeting with the folks from Dods earlier, about an event they’re putting on in Westminster on November 3rd. It’s a conference on the links between climate change and the livestock industry, with contributions from some very serious scientists, and panel sesssions (I’ve agreed to do one on food production, farming and the environment, which will no doubt delight Mr Paice). It will also include a vegan lunch in parliament, an exhibition with vegan food companies, and a drinks reception (vegan canapes!) with music from various celebs whose names I shall no doubt reveal in due course. (Brian May is performing with Sam Branson, son of… Actually, that’s all I know at the moment. But there will be more. Bryan Adams is vegan… and Heather Small from M-People. And Moby. They could form a vegan supergroup for the occasion, and use Benjamin Zephaniah’s poetry as lyrics).
It’s not a vegan event as such, it’s about trying to step up the pace of campaigning on climate change, but there’ll be a strong focus on the environmental damage caused by the livestock sector.
I picked up some interesting facts (possibly of dubious veracity?) during the conversation. Apparently Bill Clinton has now become a vegan. Well, almost. And vegan cheese is known universally – i.e. by everyone except me, who has somehow manage to remain oblivious – as ‘analogue’ cheese, whilst dairy cheese is ‘digital’ cheese. [This is beginning to sound increasingly implausible as I type it…..]
In Germany around 20% of cheese on sale is ‘analogue’ cheese and in Switzerland (some) cheese sandwiches contain warning stickers saying they don’t actually contain any dairy products. I suspect this analogue cheese bears very little resemblance to Cheezly or Sheese, is full of all sorts of horrible things and taste likes plastic.
* Not a song title, though it should be.