Ethical policy

If livestock farmers are developing new sources of income from energy production so that they can move away from farming animals then that is good. However, if they are using the income to subsidise animal exploitation then that is not acceptable.
The Advertising Standards Authority recently ruled that the claim that “Humane milk is a myth” was not misleading:
Jay Wilde, a beef farmer in Derbyshire, decided to give his cattle to a sanctuary:
He is converting his farm to veganic agriculture, using no animal inputs, similar to Tolhurst Organic:
If Bulb wants an ethical and sustainable policy then it needs to avoid all involvement with animal exploitation.

@NigelW, would you consider purchasing biomethane from a livestock farm being involved in animal exploitation?

If so, would you rather Bulb didn’t do so and instead supplied us with a lower percentage of bio-methane? (perhaps 0%)

Thanks for sharing this @NigelW - it’s very interesting.

We carefully consider where we source our green gas from. Have you seen our post here?

Let us know what you think :slight_smile:

I would prefer Bulb to provide lower % of biogas rather than provide income to animal farmers. Biogas can be produced from municipal waste:
I have read the blog on organic carrots but as my link showed veganic farming does not use animal manure or chemical fertilisers. Tolhurst Organic has farmed with this system for about 20 years and maintained soil fertility. To create an ethical and sustainable world we need to encourage and support farmers to change.

@NigelW, personally while animal manure is readily available as waste, I’d rather it be used to power my heating.

This whole discussion obviously revolves around whether you consider things primarily from an ethical or environmental standpoint.
Not eating meat is ethically and environmentally better but I’d argue that currently, using bio-methane from a by-product of the meat industry is environmentally a big win although ethically still dubious.
I suspect that the income from bio-methane from each animal pales in comparison to the income from each animal as a meat product and a reduction in the demand for manure-bio-methane would not currently cause the farmers to pack up and become vegan.

I wonder if Bulb have had any further thoughts about charities to work with to support more environmental and ethical consumption, as discussed in the previous thread here. Working with Veganuary, Huel, or other ethical and environmentally friendly companies could make a significant impact with the number of members Bulb now have.

While on the subject of ethics, does Bulb subscribe to a salary ratio between the lowest and highest paid in the organisation?

Good question @Cramer.

Bulb don’t have a ratio that we subscribe to.

We are proud to say that we’re a Living Wage employer. . This means the whole Bulb team get a wage that reflects the real cost of living. As we’re based in London, this is super important.