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Si King, aka one half of The Hairy Bikers, say COVID-19 has ‘amplified’ the shift towards plant-based eating. 

The T.V chef, alongside cooking partner David Myers, made the statement in a recent interview with iNews.

‘Mass-produced factory stuff’

 “I’ve tried to be more conscious of the food I eat for a long time,” King said. “I’ve moved naturally to a more plant-based diet anyway. But I think the pandemic has amplified the shift.

“I come from a generation for whom meat was expensive. I think we need to move back that way – I refuse to buy mass-produced factory stuff. That’s partly why we’ve got this bloody pandemic.”

‘Virus after virus’

King also said the ‘way we live’ currently is not sustainable, and warned there will be ‘virus after virus’ if people ‘don’t get their head around that’. 

Myers added: “In America last year, that’s where I became truly aware of the shocking mass production…”

The Hairy Bikers

The T.V cooking duo recently published their second meat-free cooking book. Veggie Feasts contains more than 100 ‘delicious vegetarian and vegan recipes, full of flavor’. 

“At last, vegetarian and vegan food Bikers’ style!” the book’s description reads.

“In this brand-new collection of down-to-earth yet satisfying meat-free dishes, Si and Dave have gathered together their most hearty and warming comfort food … that just happen to be vegetarian! 

“Triple tested, with maximum taste and minimum fuss, these recipes are simply epic.”

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.