Fed-up farmer slams an inner-city council’s ‘meat-free Mondays’ – calling the move a hypocritical ‘stunt’ that will ruin his industry
- Moreland City Council voted to remove meat to curb climate change
- The vote was a response to a report that found meat-based diets cause pollution
- Koallah Farm managing director Steven Castle said the move would hurt farmers
A farmer has strongly criticised a council’s move to introduce ‘meat-free Mondays’.
Moreland City Council in Melbourne voted to remove meat from functions on Mondays as a way of fighting a ‘climate emergency’.
The vote was a response to a report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that stated meat-based diets cause more pollution than others.
The decision has angered farmer Steven Castle, who slammed the move as a ‘stunt’.
The Moreland City Council voted to remove meat from their events that take place on Monday in an attempt to curb the effects of climate change (stock image)
Mr Castle, managing director of Koallah Farm in south-west Victoria, told the ABC that he strongly disagreed with the decision.
‘It’s laughable that these public servants can sit in their climate-controlled, inner-city offices mounting an argument that eating less meat is the way to reduce climate change,’ Mr Castle said.
‘We just can’t afford for this sort of narrow-mindedness to become any more systemic than it already is within governments.’
Mr Castle (pictured) told the ABC that he strongly disagreed with the decision
Mr Castle said the council’s move will actually have an adverse effect on the climate.
‘We support traditional farming methods and the more difficult they make it for producers like us, the more food that will need to be produced through factory farming and mass production, [which will have] an even greater impact on the environment,’ he said.
Mayor Natalie Abboud told a meeting of the council last week that elected officials needed to ‘put our mouths where our money is’.
Australian Meat Industry Council CEO Patrick Hutchinson said the council misinterpreted the report they based their vote on.
Mr Hutchinson said the council had a ‘complete lack of understanding’ of the Australian meat industry, and was promoting a ‘most-likely Green agenda’.
He said banning meat had an adverse effect on farmers as well as businesses including butchers and restaurants.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Ms Abboud for comment.