It is a sad to see reports of high streets such as Oxford Street, declining as online sales slowly put them out of business, rough sleepers lying in doorways, and anti-social behaviour as yobs roam city streets. This is happening across the country including Brighton, Bath, Bristol, and shockingly closer to our homes. This problem must be fixed if law and order and safe streets are to be restored.
Behind the civilised façade of the beautiful Georgian streets of Bath with landmark buildings including the Royal Crescent, the iconic Lanes and shoreline in Brighton, is a world of rough sleepers, graffiti, open drug taking, alcoholism, arson, and knife crime.
Residents no longer feel safe to come into cities in the evenings, preferring to keep away from the night spots, including pubs, theatres, and restaurants to avoid confronting these feral youths. During the day many shop online. Is it any wonder retailers are closing, and high streets boarded up as sales decline?
Local councils in partnership with the police must take back control of our city streets by tackling small crimes such as graffiti, vandalism, vagrancy, street drinking and drug-taking which fans the flames of lawlessness creating fear.
Residents, visitors, and tourists should be able to walk safely in our towns; not be fearful. As was said some while ago, ‘the authorities must be tough on crime and on the causes of crime.’
In May I highlighted a study which found the process of cultivating lab grown meat was so energy intensive that the global warming impact was up to 25 times higher than producing traditional meat.
Now as sales of plant-based burgers collapses, the makers Beyond Meat, reported that overall sales have slumped by almost a third. The company valued at $10billion in 2019, is today worth less than $1billion. As Joanna Blythman reported in the Daily Mail, sales of fake meat in the UK reduced by 6 per cent last year, and according to market research firm Mintel, that trend continues.
To produce a fake burger requires a conglomeration of pea protein, colouring, thickeners, potato starch and stabiliser methylcellulose. In Tesco real meat beef burgers are £5.70/kilo while Beyond Meat is £17.70/kilo, an astonishing 310 per cent more.
Bill Gates predicted global consumption of meat would fall by 2030 and cease by 2050. The industry forecasters expect a worldwide growth of up to 7 per cent annually. Those who care about the environment, animal welfare and human health, should avoid factory-farmed industrial foods from plant or animal source. Buy from farmers and growers who produce on a small scale, using traditional methods, always putting the environment and welfare of people and animals first.