I was flicking through the channels on my TV the other day (before giving up and watching Netflix) and couldn’t help but notice the number of cookery shows on TV. I must admit I never watch then for more than five minutes because the sight of some celebrity I’ve never heard of licking their lips as a poor dead animal burns doesn’t really appeal. OK, don’t get me wrong, I’m not some extremist vegan who wants to torture and murder all the planet’s ‘carnivore’ humans (we are omnivores of course) but I do try to limit the amount of meat I consume to a minimum. Why you might ask? Well, firstly for health reasons. It’s scientifically proven that meat is pretty much bad for us. Even the NHS tells us to be careful how much and what we eat. Here is another article from The Independent which is pretty neutral.
The other reason of course is that I love animals and don’t really want to hurt them, let alone take them away from their mothers when they are babies, imprison them in tiny cages and then kill and eat them. It’s just not a nice thing to do. There is also a third reason to give up (or at least cut down) on the amount of meat consumed and that is to save the planet. Rainforests (the lungs of the Earth and our species reservoirs) are chopped down just to plant grass for cows to eat so we can have a cheap burger. Not a very sensible way to manage the planet is it? Still not convinced? OK, read this – click here.
Anyway, back to TV. I had a quick think about how many cooking programmes we’ve been offered.
Here is a brief list: Back in Time for…, Bake Off: The Professionals, BBQ Champ, The Best (British TV series), Big Cook, Little Cook, The Big Family Cooking Showdown, Can’t Cook, Won’t Cook, The Chef’s Protege, Chinese Food in Minutes, Chinese Food Made Easy, A Cook Abroad, Cook Me the Money, Cook’s Night Out, …Cooks!, Culinary Genius, Dinner Date, Eggs ‘n’ Baker, Exploring China: A Culinary Adventure, The F Word (British TV series), Farmhouse Kitchen, First Class Chefs, Food and Drink, Food Glorious Food (TV series), Food Poker, Food Uncut, Foundations of Cookery, Get Stuffed, Gok Cooks Chinese, Gordon Behind Bars, Gordon Ramsay: Cookalong Live, Gordon Ramsay’s Home Cooking, Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course, Gordon’s Great Escape, The Great British Bake Off, Great British Menu, Great Food Live, Greatest Dishes in the World, The Hairy Bikers’ Asian Adventure, The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain, Heston’s Fantastical Food, Heston’s Feasts, I Can Cook, Iron Chef UK, ITV Food, Jamie at Home, Jamie’s 15-Minute Meals, Jamie’s 30-Minute Meals, Jamie’s Comfort Food, Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Jamie’s Super Food, Josephine Terry’s Kitchen, Kitchen Criminals, Let’s Do Lunch with Gino & Mel, The Little Paris Kitchen, Local Food Hero, Market Kitchen, Mary Berry Cooks, MasterChef (British TV series), Matilda and the Ramsay Bunch, Monster Munchies, Nadiya’s British Food Adventure, Nadiya’s Asian Odyssey, Nadiya’s Family Favourites, The Naked Chef, Nigella Bites, Nigella Express, Oliver’s Twist, Paul Hollywood’s Pies and Puds, Ready Steady Cook, Return to River Cottage, Ronnie Corbett’s Supper Club, Saturday Kitchen, Step Up to the Plate, Sunday Brunch, Sunday Feast, The Taste (British TV series), Taste (TV series), Two Fat Ladies, Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, What to Eat Now, What’s Cooking? (TV series), Who’s Doing the Dishes?
OK, I’m sure you can add a few more. Plus there are all the other programmes on about healthy eating, diets etc.
Guess what? Not one of these is 100% vegetarian or vegan. Why?
Do TV channels get lobbied by the meat, farming or diary industries? Do they advertise during these shows? There must be a reason surely? Especially as we all know that meat is murder and going meat-free is so healthy.
So why doesn’t the BBC start a vegetarian show? After all they have every other ‘PC’ / minority / fringe group etc. on the channel. Time for a few emails and shares on social media me thinks.