When I read that Edinburgh has become the second place in the UK to adopt the ‘plant-based treaty’ – including a pledge to promote vegan food over animal products by axing meat from menus in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes, the first being Haywards Heath, I am not only disappointed but mystified. Why would the city of Edinburgh or Haywards Heath Town Council, promote veganism?
There are many reasons why this is a bad idea. Did they consult their communities? Did they consider the harm vegan diets can do to growing bodies which need a balanced natural diet to develop healthily? What about the sick and elderly who require well balanced nutritional food to gain strength?
I would question the right of any authority to deprive those most vulnerable in our society, including children, the sick and elderly, of a healthy, balanced diet. Humans are omnivores, we are designed to eat plants, including fruit and vegetables, and animals, cooked as meat or used for products like milk or eggs.
When our ancestors introduced calorie-dense meat and marrow into their diet instead of just low-quality plants, the extra energy helped to fuel bigger brains. If they had remained herbivores, it is possible we would still be living in the trees. By peddling veganism, future generations could end up back there again.
Funerals and Services of Thanksgiving although sad occasions, can, depending on who conducts them, become joyous and deeply moving as we remember lives well lived.
I recently attended a service beautifully planned by the family and conducted by a remarkable elderly vicar. He was able to bring to the congregation’s mind eye the vision of a greatly loved mother and grandmother, who had departed a life filled with laughter, love, family, and friendship, and moved on to pastures new.
Among her many talents, she loved to paint; she had a remarkable gift. On the back of the order of service was one of her works; a painting of the village church where we sat. The Revd. John King, during his brief but perfectly executed touching address, was able to paint for her family and friends, a gloriously comforting picture of her heaven, a place full of light and tranquility. A place so perfect and beautiful to pick up her brushes and easel and carry on with what gave her so much pleasure and peace.
The short but perfectly planned service was spot on. I believe everyone, although sad, left with a spring in our step, happy memories, and lighter hearts.