Iconic UK department store Harrods has opened a ‘vegetable butchery’, as a way of changing the ways that vegetables are prepared and served.
The counter is in the Fresh Market Hall, which is part of the Food Hall. The store has its own vegetable ‘butcher’, and the company is on a “journey to become the world’s greatest food emporium.”
As part of a job vacancy listed for the role, the vegetable ‘butcher’ is expected to “create alchemy and amazement to drive footfall into our fresh market hall.”
The vegetables will be prepared as ready-to-eat meals and as prepared ingredients for home cooking.
Described by the Telegraph as role that combines the “knowledge of an old-fashioned green-grocer” and the “knife skills of a sushi chef,” the role is unique in comparison to the traditional role of a butcher.
Plant-based diets are becoming increasingly popular, along with flexitarianism. As Harrods is renowned for its plethora of luxurious stock and prestigious customers, the vegetable butcher is likely to draw attention to the importance of vegetables in daily diets, and encourage more interest in health, fresh produce.
Environmental concerns are one of the main reasons people are opting for plant-based and flexitarian diets, after it was announced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that people must reduce their consumption of animal products.
Harrods continues to sell real fur , Foie Gras, cat poo coffee, leather, wool, snakeskin, meat, fish, eggs and dairy.
Until recently they also operated a pet department that in its history sold monkeys, alligators, elephants, lion cubs and many other exotic species of animals as well as cats, dogs and rabbits and rodents etc.
I know all of this because I spent one whole year protesting outside Harrods against these horrific industries.
You are a vegan lifestyle magazine…..so why are you giving such glorified publicity to a department store that has such a poor history of basic animal welfare?
Well said, absolutely with you on this.