A recent survey found that 60 percent of Scottish dairy farmers are “not so confident” or “not at all confident” about the future of the industry.

Most of Scotland’s dairy farmers believe the industry is suffering, with only 15 percent saying they were “extremely confident” or “very confident.”

Survey participants completed the poll at the AgriScot industry event. Scottish Dairy Hub, dairy market analyst Chris Walkland, and the Kite Consulting revealed the results. Kite Consulting’s David Keiley commented that many of Scotland’s dairy businesses have been “cash negative for a while.” He added that a lot of businesses are on a “knife’s edge.”

Keiley highlighted the need for a “clear strategy for the future in light of the present challenges facing dairy farmers.”

A poll taken at the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this year found that 40 percent of attendees believe vegan food is the future. Journalist and farmer Darragh McCullough wrote about the results for the Irish Independent. “[I]t’s time for the farming community to get their head around veganism,” he said.

“Farmers need to stop claiming that if we had to rely on vegans to feed the world, we’d all go hungry. It’s a lame attempt to ignore the real point,” McCullough continued. “Equally, claims that you cannot get enough nutrients from a vegan diet ignores the fact that a big chunk of the world’s population in places like India have effectively been living off a vegetarian diet for centuries.

Original source: www.livekindly.co