Archive for May, 2011

New Report Looks At Meat Spend

May 25, 2011

As communities, businesses, schools and others across the UK start a week-long celebration of all things vegetarian, a new report released today reveals that more than £140 million a year is spent encouraging people to eat more meat.

The government recently advised people to cut down on meat for their own health and environmentalists are in broad agreement that cutting meat consumption would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so it’s not just vegetarians who will be shocked by the figures unveiled today.

The study was commissioned by the Vegetarian Society to mark the start of National Vegetarian Week. It was carried out by the Ethical Consumer Research Association and found that in 2009 (the most recent year for which figures were available) more than £140 million was spent on the promotion of meat and meat products in the UK, primarily on the commercial advertising of branded products.

Dr Jon Green, Chief Executive Officer at the Vegetarian Society said, “Food is big business so it’s easy to get blasé about big numbers, but £140million is a huge amount of money and we think it’s important for the public to realise just how much is being spent trying to persuade them to keep eating meat. Everyone can enjoy great vegetarian food and if that kind of money was devoted to developing and promoting meat-free foods, the world would be a much better place, for people, for the environment and, of course, for the animals.”

National Vegetarian Week 23-29 May, sponsored by Cauldron Foods, is coordinated by the Vegetarian Society, an educational charity formed in 1847.

Planning Committee to drop 2 of the 3 original reasons for refusal on the Airfield Wind Farm

May 19, 2011

After months of negotiations, Bedford Borough Council has recommended to its Planning Committee members to drop 2 of the 3 original reasons for refusal on the Airfield Wind Farm planning application.

It has also recommended that the members seriously reconsider backing the third reason for refusal due to the fact that the previous Planning Inspector ruled that the impact on the surrounding landscape was not harmful enough to refuse the project on.

Should the Planning Committee back the Planning Officers recommendation the pending appeal will hopefully be much shorter and less costly for the taxpayer and the Council as the parties involved would just be discussing issues raised by CLOWD.

A copy of the officer’s recommendation is available for download from nuon’s website at

The Planning Committee will decide whether to follow the officers recommendation on Monday 23rd May at 1830 at the Harpur Suite. There will be no public speaking session, however public are allowed to attend.