Originally Posted by davidk1394
Hi Aoife. What was the main reason for you going vegan ?
While shopping do you try buy Irish or whatever is best value ?
Would you consider food miles, packaging and cropping practices when buying food ?
I have a sheep farm but changing to dairy as sheep are unprofitable. The main reason for a shift to dairying in the country is money.If you became the minister for agriculture and the environment in the morning, and all livestock farms became tillage farms would you subsidize them for loss in earning because tillage isn’t as profitable as dairy ?
Hi David. It mostly ethical reasons but after I became vegan I learned about the environmental side of it and it really solidified the decision for me. My boyfriend and I were vegetarian for about 6months when one of his friends became vegan and he was looking into it out of curiosity. He didn't like what he learned and I followed on a few days later. Bit annoyed about it at the time as I was doing all the shopping and cooking with our work patterns lol. But settled into it no prob after a fortnight.
Depends on what were buying to be honest. Ideally I'd love to buy Irish where ever possible. I do the majority of my shopping in Tesco. I find supervalu extremely expensive for the quality. Ill pick the irish spuds and carrots in tesco but the majority are irish anyway. I think Tesco has the best selection for vegans and I find many of the things I buy are Irish or British so not too bad. I guess it's mainly fruit, particularly bananas for me, that have the air miles. Apples and strawberries etc are usually irish. What actually has been issue for me of late is the plastic they come in. I think we should give local farmers markets more business and I'm going to make a point of doing so in future. It's a shame they are only there at certain times when many are at work too. But i was only saying it earlier today and will make a point of it in future for sure.
Possibly an unpopular answer but no I wouldn't give loss of earnings. I would much rather subsidies be spent on helping farmers convert farms and get the necessary education for them to do so. I think every support should be given and maybe a once off grant but it's not realistic to give loss of earnings. I'm a civil servant and I'm on a different pay scale to the woman across from me. If that is ever restored i wont get loss of earnings. My boyfriend is self employed and if people decide his service is no longer required he wouldn't get a loss of earnings. I genuinely don't want people to suffer and there are a large amount of farmers in Ireland but we have to move with the times and people are responsible for themselves. I say this with a dairy farmer uncle and a beef farmer uncle. If it was introduced tomorrow there would loads of jobs created in areas we probably haven't even thought of! All hypothetical though. It would be gradual and I don't think it will happen in my lifetime