Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket, will pay pig farmers £6.6 million in additional support after warning that many producers could go out of business.

Tesco announced that farmers will get an additional £6.6m until August in addition to the £3.4m that has been given out since March under the “accelerated and enhanced payment plan”. Farmers have argued that the UK supermarket giant is not paying a fair price for pork. 

The Guardian reported that four out of five producers would go out of business within just one year unless their financial situation improved… so, let them! Meat has been proven to be horrible for the environment, our health, and not to mention how cruel our farming practices are. Studies have found the environmental impact of meat versus vegetables is staggering.

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The National Pig Association (NPA) wrote a letter to Tesco asking them to help the struggling industry and said that the price shock of the war in Ukraine took it from a “very challenging financial situation to a critical one”.

There are hundreds of thousands of pigs that are waiting to go to slaughter and the farmers are complaining about having to keep them for longer, which is costing them money. 

Other supermarkets in the country have agreed to pay more for the pork, including Waitrose, the Co-op, Marks & Spencer, Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, and now, Tesco has also agreed. Why are we supporting and spending all of this money on an industry that is failing? More and more people want to eat less meat, and we can’t keep saving this industry forever. Studies have shown that a rise in meat consumption will devastate the planet

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According to the Humane League, 72 billion animals are exploited and slaughtered every year, all for meat that we shouldn’t be eating and products like leather that are horrible for the environment. Experts have even earned that Europe must halve meat production by 2050 to protect the environment and public health

Check out these 5 Easy Ways to Cut Down on Your Meat Consumption and Why Reducing Meat Consumption Is the Easiest Step Everyone Can Take to Fix Our Broken Food System.

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