Vegetables: the future of food?

vegetables are the future of food

Livestock are not as efficient as plant based foods, according to a recent report from The Economist. And if we want to be able to feed an extra 1.8 billion people in 2050, we are going to have to think about the future of food product seriously.

The report says:

“According to the United Nations, livestock uses around 30% of the world’s ice-free landmass and produces 14.5% of all greenhouse-gas emissions. Making meat also requires supplying animals with vast amounts of water and food: in the United States producing 1kg of live animal weight typically requires 10kg of feed for beef, 5kg for pork and 2.5kg for poultry. Yet between now and 2050, the world’s population is expected to rise from 7.2 billion to over 9 billion people—and the appetite for meat to grow along with it. To keep up with demand, food production will need to increase significantly.

It is a big challenge, but also an economic opportunity. “Anytime you can find a way to use plant protein instead of animal protein there’s an enormous efficiency in terms of the energy, water and all sorts of other inputs involved—which translates at the end of the day to saving money,” says Ali Partovi, a San Francisco-based entrepreneur and investor in tech startups, such as Dropbox and Airbnb, as well as half-a-dozen sustainable-food companies.”

Barry Vera wants to sue me

Here is the solicitor’s letter in full. As in my terms on this site I state that every email is for publication, I’m publishing all correspondence.

Confidential – Not for Publication

Dear Mr Charles


We are a firm of solicitors from England, acting for Mr Barry Vera.

As you may be aware Mr Vera is a professional Chef who previously held the position of Head Chef at the now closed Australian Restaurant ‘VERAS’. Mr Vera now resides and works in the UK.

We are writing in relation to an article published on your website blog (herein ‘your Website’). It is our understanding that the article in question, titled ‘14 ways to tell when a restaurant will close down’ (herein ‘the Article’), was first published on 18th April 2007. Currently a search for ‘Barry Vera’ on either the or search engine provides a results page in which the URL to the Article is prominently displayed.

We should make it clear that Mr Vera has no objection to the substantive content of the Article itself, or of your Website in general. As you are no doubt aware, the Article does however contain a comments section where users can anonymously post items. We note that this section is almost entirely made up of statements regarding Mr Vera and, in particular, his involvement with VERAS and a few other establishments. These statements are often phrased in abusive language and constitute a variety of unsubstantiated accusations and allegations, which are entirely refuted by Mr Vera, and are highly damaging to Mr Vera’s reputation as a professional chef. It is our understanding that the comments are likely the result of a mistaken belief as to Mr Vera’s role and involvement at VERAS, and as such are presented as factual information. The comments are in fact, at best conjecture, and at worst a deliberate attempt to direct blame toward Mr Vera who, as head chef, is an easy albeit unjustified target.

Whilst we appreciate the individual(s) making the anonymous comments appear to be genuinely upset, directing their anger at Mr Vera in the manner they have – in lieu of reaching out to Mr Vera (or those actually responsible for the acts complained of) would have been a far more appropriate and legal means by which to seek a resolution to any dispute.

Having considered the comments in detail, we have advised Mr Vera that the content falls foul of English Legislation concerning defamatory statements, and that Mr Vera has a right to have the content removed, and to pursue those responsible through the courts. We have similarly advised that the removal could take place with or without your co-operation.
Clearly Mr Vera has a legitimate interest in protecting himself from defamatory or otherwise untrue statements likely to damage his reputation and livelihood. Mr Vera however has no desire to enter into a protracted and heated dispute with you through the Courts, nor does he wish to interfere with your Website activities. In this instance therefore he is merely seeking a means to have the URL to the Article removed from a search for his name on google.

The simplest way of achieving this would be for you to either remove the offending comments from your Website yourself, or otherwise to provide your consent to Google removing the URL from the result page for a search for Barry Vera. We request that you respond to this email by no later than 16:00 (GMT) on Friday, 9th January 2015, confirming your willingness to assist in this matter.

Should we not receive such a response Mr Vera will have little alternative but to take further action, including the instruction of Australian Solicitors and contacting your Internet Service Provider.

Should you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours sincerely

Thomas Henson
Hansel Henson
Hansel Henson Limited
4th Floor, 22 Newman Street, London W1T 1PH
Tel (+44) (0)20 7307 5106

This e-mail and the information it contains are confidential and may be privileged. if you have received this email in error we ask you please notify us as soon as possible.

‘Hansel Henson’ is the trading name of Hansel Henson Limited, which is a limited liability company registered in England and Wales with registered number 8938624. Its registered office is at 4th Floor, 22 Newman Street, London W1T 1PH and its partners are David A. Hansel and Thomas M Henson. The term “partner” is used by us to denote a shareholder and director of Hansel Henson Limited which is a firm of solicitors authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.