Ten Reasons to Shift to Stock-Free

1. Combat Financial Uncertainty

Making a living from farming is not easy. According to the Scottish Government, agriculture in Scotland is dependent on farm subsidies with over 60% of farms making a loss without them. The average farm business loss from agricultural activities is £14,600. For sheep (and beef) farmers in Less Favoured Areas, however, these losses are more acute …

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2. Satisfy Governmental Requirements

What we know is that future government funding will reward clean, green and profitable initiatives. In announcing the new Agricultural Transformation Programme, Rural Economies Minister, Fergus Ewing, stated: “Scotland’s land and the manner in which we use and manage it must adapt and change…”. He urged “farmers, crofters and land managers to make changes to …

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3. Meet Changing Consumer Demands

Consumer preferences are changing. One undeniable change is the rapid increase in the number of people adopting a vegan lifestyle. The number of vegans in Britain quadrupled from 2014-2019. A survey by supermarket giant, Waitrose, found that one in three Brits have stopped or reduced their meat consumption and the consumer research group, Finder, predict …

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4. Reduce Environmental Impact

As indicated above, mitigating climate change is high on the Government’s agenda for the future of Scottish agriculture. Governmental decisions in this area are informed by peer-reviewed climate science; so, let’s take a look at what they know. By sector, agriculture and related land-use comprise almost a quarter of Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions. By food …

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5. Mitigate Climate Change

Possibly you are thinking, that’s all very well, but my land isn’t suitable for growing food (please hold that thought until you see some of our innovative case-examples!). According to the Scottish Government, 77% of Scotland’s agricultural land is classed as rough grazing or permanent pasture and has, historically, only been used to graze sheep …

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6. Optimise Land Use

According to Scotland’s Agricultural Census 2018 and 2019, only 9% of our agricultural land is used to grow crops. Half of this is used to grow livestock feed. Over 50% of cereals produced on Scottish farms are used for animal feed and we currently grow more vegetables to feed livestock than we do for human …

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9. Improve Public Health

This is a hot topic currently due to the Corona virus and connections drawn to the consumption of animal products. The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, The World Health Organisation, and the World Organisation for Animal Health have said that our increasing demand for animal protein is one of the main risk …

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10. Shift from “Me” to “We”

Professor Tim Lang, the UK’s leading expert on food policy, says we need to maximise our food self-sufficiency, not out of nationalism, but so we are in a position to contribute globally. Now, there’s a concept; one that has been buried under post-war years of plenty, greed and, frankly, selfishness. Our preoccupation with “me and …

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