Farmers Upset At BBC Over "False" Claims In Vegan Documentary Series
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has complained to the BBC about Veganville — a documentary series in which five vegans promote veganism in Wales.
Set in Merthyr Tydfil — a small town North of Cardiff where many residents are involved with animal agriculture — Veganville follows the vegans as they talk to local people about the reasons for swapping to a plant-based lifestyle.
The NFU is now asking its members to complain to the BBC, calling the show “another example of unbalanced and disproportionate reporting of veganism.”
“A number of claims are made during the Veganville series that are false,” said John Davies, NFU Cymru President, “not least that the best thing a person could do for the environment would be to immediately turn vegan.”
“It is frustrating that once again a BBC-commissioned programme is acting as a promotional tool for a specific campaign representing only a tiny minority of people.”
“NFU Cymru has submitted a letter of complaint to the commissioning editor of the programme at the BBC about the lack of balance in this piece.”
In an email to Raise Vegan, a spokesperson for the BBC stated that “Veganville isn’t pro-vegan or anti vegan. As NFU Cymru points out, the documentary hears from a range of local contributors who support the meat and dairy industry, whether farmers or members of the Merthyr Tydfil community, alongside those who practice veganism.”
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Vegan Stars Of Veganville
Famous vegan activist Joey Carbstrong is among the plant-based advocates on the show. Carbstrong is committed to animal rights activism as a full-time pursuit.
The show also features Korin, a bodybuilder from Miami, food-lover Rikki, environmentalist Dan, and vegan food entrepreneur Jodi.
Have you seen the show? Do you think it is biased? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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