On the environment
There’s more sensitivity to the future now. The kids look up to our generation and say “You’ve burned out most of the planet, what’s going to be left for us?”, and this makes me feel really bad. I’m convinced my granddad, when he died, was completely convinced that he left me a better world than the one he lived in, but you can’t say that about us.
Veganism is one of the things that has come from this. The amount of CO2 that is created by [mass producing] meat is damaging and we need to treat Mother Earth with more respect. For example if the whole world decides to live on steak and chips tomorrow, we will implode in two years – the world will be finished.
On the meat industry
We’re not going to make people stop eating meat. It’s what made us who we are today. We had to eat it to stay alive and that’s how we survived. We weren’t herbivores in the beginning. However, we need to be eating very good meat that has been reared in a very good environment that’s better for the animal.
I don’t want to take this away and would always want someone at our restaurant to have this option. We just need to know how it’s been bred, where it was raised, what it was fed, how it was transported – these are the problems today, and we need to reduce them. We don’t need to eat it everyday. We just need to cut consumption.
If we eat it everyday then the world will be over in 30-35 years. But if you have this idea that meat is available at a higher price, and it is distributed differently so everyone can have access to it, we will get better quality.
Like in America, there are 12,000 cows and one strand of grass. This is not natural – these cows wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these facilities. But then you go to Scotland and see 200 cows in the fields living a normal life, then this is much better overall. It’s the same with milk. The production of milk is cruel. We really need to change this for the good of the planet.