After 40 years as vegetarians and 12 years as vegans Matthew and Terces Engelhart, owners of the vegan Cafe Gratitude, decided to eat some meat again after starting to operate their own farm. Here is why: the couple discovering that maintaining a sustainable, organic farm meant they needed animals to produce manure.
The couple went on to elaborate on their decision:
The Engelharts still believe that "veganism is a great response to the abuse of animals and the industrial food system" but it is important to keep in mind that "animals raised in a healthy and humane way are a great source of nutrition for humans."
I agree with all of the above. I have come to the same realisation only after working on a well-managed organic farm and have written numerous times about why animals are a very important part of a sustainable agriculture here, here and here and why there is also a moral case for killing and eating animals here and here.
I wish the Engelharts all the best. I highly respect Matthew and Terces for their brave decision. And I am not exaggerating when I call them brave. The outrage by the vegan community has been devastating for their business and it has even go so far that they have received death threats.