Environmental campaigner George Monbiot is about as popular with British farmers as a late subsidy cheque. No surprise then his documentary Apocalypse Cow: How Meat Killed the Planet (Channel 4, 8 January, 10pm) was slammed as “clueless”, “cruel” and “rubbish” by farmers on social media – before it even aired. Having seen the programme, they’ll no doubt be even more upset. Monbiot argued all farming was devastating to the environment and would “come to an end within a few decades”. In the future, he claimed, all food except fruit & veg would be produced in a lab.To prove his point, Monbiot took viewers on a tour of the UK countryside, pointing out the lack of wildlife he blamed on our dependence on grazing livestock. After trying (and failing) to convince a beef farmer in Wales that rewilding her land would be beneficial for the climate, he met some anglers moaning about manure in watercourses before jetting off to Finland to visit a plant run by Solar Foods, which has pioneered the creation of Solein – a protein made from soil bacteria and hydrogen.But while Monbiot made some interesting points on food production, the programme failed to tackle the big questions around his solution of switching to lab-grown food. How much would it cost? How would we make the transition? Nor did he consider the pitfalls of placing all food production into the hands of tech firms.Was it cruel? Perhaps not. But viewers were certainly left clueless about the real implications of a lab-grown revolution.
(CMC) – Novice West Indies leg-spinning all-rounder, Hayden Walsh, says he has embraced head coach Phil Simmons as a ‘father figure’, following his international debut for the regional side last year.“He’s like a father and I’d say he’s like a father-coach,” Walsh told the Observer here.“He’s stern when he needs to be stern, he jokes around when it’s time to joke around and when things are not right he puts them into place, so it’s like when your parents or father sees things are out of place and they would put them in place.“I think he has been a real father figure for all of us, even the big stars and stuff, so I really enjoy playing under him.”The 27-year-old’s debut for West Indies last November coincided with Phil Simmons return for his second stint as head coach of the embattled side.Walsh’s graduation to maroon colours came following an outstanding season for Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), when he topped the tournament wicket-tally with 22 for the eventual champions.Instructively, Simmons also served as Tridents head coach, overseeing the franchise’s first success in the tournament since 2014, following several lean seasons.“I really enjoyed the Tridents setup last year with the whole coaching staff and the team and everyone just gelled ,,,,” said Walsh, who was born in the US Virgin Islands and has already represented United States at international level.“And even in the times where we looked as if we were going to go out quite miserably we still stuck together and fought it out to win the championship. So I think that was the most rewarding part of being part of the setup.”Walsh has had a decent start to life at the top level, averaging 33 with the bat from 10 matches and taking 12 wickets at 27 runs apiece. His unbeaten 46 under pressure against Ireland helped West Indies win the second ODI in Bridgetown last January and take the three-match series.His T20 form has been unflattering, however, with a mere 11 wickets from 16 appearances, with an economy rate of eight runs per over.