The BBC has been accused by vegans of failing to challenge “fatuous propaganda” from an author whom they claim misrepresented plant-based diets on air.
The broadcaster was hit by a barrage of complaints after Kirsty Wark interviewed Joanna Blythman, a food writer, on Radio 4’s Start the Week programme on Monday.
She made claims including that a vegan diet “cannot compare in nutrient density” to a meat-based diet and vegans would have to take supplements to get enough vitamins.
Furious listeners accused Ms Wark of lacking impartiality in her handling of the issue, while others suggested the BBC had given airtime to “fatuous propaganda on behalf of the meat industry”.
The nutrient density but is obvious. The cool thing about meat is that concentration of proteins etc. And supplements? Well, unless you’re very, very, careful indeed that’s true too. Certainly more likely than omnivores to need supplements.
The complaint therefore is? You disagree with reality perhaps?