As the UK prepares to enter its first winter, there is an abundance of animals to eat and many more to be killed in the months ahead.
But the reality is that food production is still largely unregulated in the UK, and many producers still rely on their suppliers for the necessary supplies.
We caught up with producer and activist David Hickey to find out how they are living the new year in their kitchen, and how they will be able to cope with the climate change crisis.
Micheal Hickey has a small kitchen and makes the best of the situation.
He says: I’m lucky to have a few small animals.
I’m an organic gardener and my chickens and rabbits are raised on pasture.
When I’m working I have to find a different way of raising animals than what we’re used to, so I’ve been looking for something different.
When I was growing up, the supermarket food I was buying was all grown and slaughtered on-site.
Now, there’s not much to buy in supermarkets and there’s also a whole lot of meat and dairy available.
My husband and I are lucky to eat meat at home, but we have to cook for it and so we can still eat.
The only way I’m able to do that is by buying organic, grass-fed meat, which is really expensive and has a lot of chemicals in it, and making my own dairy.
There are people who make their own cheese, so they can still do the same.
We’re lucky that we have some animals that are raised humanely.
I’ve worked with a couple of animals who are now vegan.
We do get animal welfare complaints every now and then, but it’s very rare.
When there are complaints, they’re very specific, and it’s just about getting the facts right and then speaking to the suppliers.
Food has always been the backbone of British life, but for the past couple of years it’s really become an increasingly important part of our economy.
People don’t want to be eating meat and fish anymore, so we’re seeing a big shift in the food system.
David Hickey: There are lots of food production methods, but I think one of the most important is that we use the animals we get.
It allows us to have better quality meat and less of the chemicals that go into animals.
I’ve been working with animals for years and I know that I can’t use them in an industrial way because they’re too sensitive to what goes in them.
It just doesn’t work, so it’s a really tough situation.
But I’m just really lucky.
It gives me a lot more control over my animals, which I wouldn’t be able in any other way.
It doesn’t have to be that way, it’s always been like that.
I can make my own cheese and it has no artificial ingredients.
It’s not just the animals that we’re feeding that we are also using in our food production, as well as using animals that have been used in other farming systems.
There are some big names in animal agriculture, but there are also so many small producers that are using animals.
There’s this whole new generation of animal-free people who have started going to farms, and I think that’s really important.
David Ho: I was a vegan for a while and I used to think it was the only way to be vegan, but now I’m not.
I do enjoy it, but when you’re in a situation like that, it is really important to be able not to have to worry about what you eat, and to be aware of what is happening in the environment and to make a decision.
Food is a lot easier to get rid of than meat.
I don’t like to eat pork, so the dairy is gone, but meat is still a big part of my diet.
I know I’m only going to have meat for a week or so, but the next day I’ll be able have dairy.
David: The main thing that people don’t know is that in the US, where food is so cheap, people aren’t eating animals any more.
We’ve seen the shift in veganism and it seems like we’ve been moving towards animal-based diets.
I spoke to a vegan friend in the States who said: “If I could choose a country to live in and be vegan in, it would be the United States.
I think it’s amazing what we’ve achieved.
It really is an example of a country where people can make the choices that they want to make.”
It’s been interesting to watch this shift in public attitudes, particularly in the United Kingdom, where people are beginning to see that meat isn’t a necessity anymore.
David Ho says: It’s amazing that the public is coming to the conclusion that we don’t need to eat animals anymore.
I feel very strongly that we can make our own choices, and we can take the responsibility of living as responsibly