Leading UK chefs including Raymond Blanc are backing the Friends of the Earth (FoE) Sustainable Livestock Bill which gets its second reading today (Friday).
The owner of the Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons in Oxfordshire, as well as five other chefs all in the Good Food Guide 2011 top 10 restaurants, have all come out to back the Private Member’s Bill, which claims to help stop UK meat and dairy production “destroying vast swathes” of South American forest and wildlife.
The support for the proposed legislation comes as an opinion poll, conducted for FoE by ICM omnibus, reveals that 62% of people said that food companies should be more responsible for the impacts of their livestock products and 59% said that they would be prepared to eat better-quality meat to protect the environment.
FoE executive director Andy Atkins said: “The Sustainable Livestock Bill is an appetising prospect for British restaurants and consumers.
“Successive governments have allowed the UK meat and dairy industry to trash South American forests for far too long – ministers must back the new law and put planet-friendly farming on the menu.”
The other restaurants backing the Bill are L’Enclume in Cumbria, Nathan Outlaw in Cornwall, Sat Bains in Nottingham and Pied-à-Terre and The Square in London. The Bill is also being backed by leading restaurant Latymer in Bagshot, Surrey.
Raymond Blanc said: “All my working life I have encouraged my own chefs to reconnect with their sense of place and land and to rediscover their own crafts. It is common sense.”