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Wrestling with your conscience when you have a burger? Concerned that you should switch to almond milk lattes? Rachel Khoo is worried too. The chef and broadcaster trained in French cuisine and her career has been built on the motto: “Butter makes everything better.” But all this talk about veganism has started getting to her. Should she change her cooking, her eating and her lifestyle to stop global warming?

Khoo meets farmers, activists, chefs and academics to ask whether beef and dairy really need to die in order for the planet to live, and whether she needs to go vegan to do her bit for the planet. She marches through the battle lines – vegan versus meat eater; plants versus cows; farmers versus the world – to sift truth from propaganda. Khoo sees big corporations pulling the strings in our global food system, which makes her wonder how responsibility for this problem has ended up in the kitchen of time-and-cash-strapped families. 

Join this carnivore in crisis as she journeys through the facts and fury of the vegan debate.

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Thought provoking

interesting to hear the different views from all sides. Personally I think we need to simplify our existence on this planet on the whole. Money rules the world unfortunately and it wont be easy. We are just one animal out of billions of organisms on this planet, yet we are the most destructive of all. Something makes me think we are deluded calling others vermin or plagues when we ourselves should have those titles. Nature works in cycles and one day she will get us back epicly, that is excluding the natural disasters etc she's thrown at us so far.

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A backwards step in the dialogue

This is a podcast on how to bend over backwards to justify carrying on harmful lifestyles. She pretends to engage in the debate but the conclusions she takes from it are her attempt to stretch the lessons she learns throughout the podcast to allow her to continue eating meat dairy and eggs.
Why would I listen to a podcast of someone doing that? Of someone seeking out new knowledge and then awkwardly explaining why it doesn’t change her mind? She literally finds the farmers carrying on the destruction and asks them why it’s ok, not objective experts in the field.

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Quite Biased

At least until episode 3, the podcast is quite biased towards justifying meat eating. In some points there is a debate and shows opinions on both sides, but justifying meat eating takes most of the time. In a full episode about hunting only hunters are heard, and there is only a brief mention of how hunting is not a scalable solution for the society as a whole

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Very Thought Provoking

As a Vegan I thought I had all the answers but Rachel raises a number of alternative answers to the eco-disaster that is the meal and dairy industry. Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, omni or just plain carnivorous, you'll benefit from listening to this thought provoking blog.

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so worth hearing

Open-minded, well researched, so interesting, so much more to think about than we hear from the loudest voices. As a doctor I have seen too many unwell vegans, but as someone who has cared about the environment for 50 years(yes there are many of us older people who have!) I am very concerned about animal husbandry and food miles, the latter being a big issue even for virtuous vegans. Rachel Khoo is very personable, a great interviewer and presenter, able to voice certainly my dilemmas on this subject, and I was also influenced by a wonderful grandma! I especially loved the Maori farmer.

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A balanced dive into the world of food....

Thoroughly enjoyed this from start to finish. we have become so used to be being food shamed (meat = murder) and it was refreshing to hear food being discussed in a open, non judgemental way. It has given me lots to look up and think about, and it has given me the confidence to start dialogues around what my friends eat, without judgement.

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Interesting listen

Food is a very emotive subject for many people. I found this an interesting debate and I do believe it looks at a lot of difference angles. I personally never want to eat an animal’s dead body or its secretions, but for those who don’t seem to have an issue with violence and death and want to carry on eating animals, I do believe that it’s imperative that things change - not only for human health but also to rescue agriculturally destroyed land. One thing I don’t believe has been addressed though is that no matter how long/beautifully/peacefully an animal lives on a smaller farm compared with a factory farmed animal, they all end up in the same disgusting, scary, filthy, abusive slaughterhouse. I would recommend this podcast to make people think about what they’re putting on their plates and where it came from, whether that be meat or meat alternatives.

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There was some interesting information

but a lot of the best arguments countering the assertions of veganism were not even touched upon. I would describe it as a half-baked apologia pro vita suidae.

A lot of the reports were anecdotal, boring and repetitive and the signal to noise ratio could have been significantly improved.

We never really got to the bottom of why monocropping wheat is bad for the natural environment. How wheat itself has turned into a harmful thing. The value of Keto, the difficulty of doing keto on a vegan diet. The problem of essential amino acids. The impossibility of doing organic farming without animals as artificial fertilisers are essential. The need for low tillage, more earthworms, proper dressings, lower agrochemicals, better cover crops and management, the economic issues over the rigid doctrinaire approach of organic and how something called biological farming developed by someone called Gary Zimmer in America is the likely thought leader going forward to give us the 80:20 middle ground and not some unknown New Zealander who is going to write a book but has never actually read one, by his own admission.

Yes, there were some good bits, but I was hoping it was going to be the carnivorous raptor act that doctrinal Veganism richly deserves. It wasn't.

Neither did it address much the issue that if we are going to be using biomass for ethanol there really isn't space to make food for 10 billion people whichever way, and if we make food for 10 billion, then when the famine hits at 15 billion will the Vegans want to take responsibility for 10 billion starvation deaths?

There are plenty more themes this could have explored. It needed to get into debate and not have everyone pretending to be at some vague consensus.

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Thought provoking and fascinating

I thought this series was fascinating. The research was thorough and unbiased and I truly felt like both (all) sides of the argument were presented. Education is key to making a change and simply digging your heals in and not seeing the other side of the argument (or how complicated the issues are!) won’t help. Whether you’re a vegan or a carnivore, it’s a must listen.

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thought provoking

I loved listening to this series, I listened to them all in quick succession.
Rachel has the perfect voice for audio and is pleasant to listen to.
A carnivores crisis is thought provoking whilst being informative on all sides of the debate. I will recommend.

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