Manager of VegFestUK Tim Barford: “Many people . . . get very ill” on a Vegan Diet

Tim Barford, Manager of VegFestUK, expressing support for Vegan Society Ambassador Fiona Oakes, who said on BBC Radio that veganism is not “for everyone” and “not probably for very many people,” had this to say:

Sadly it it is true that many people don’t get on well with a vegan diet and get very ill on it. Not an ethical justification obviously, but a plain statement of fact.

He said it here:

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He elaborated:

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As Tim mentions in the above comment, he has agreed to come on Go Vegan Radio with Bob Linden on August 3, 2014, to discuss this with me.


If animals matter morally at all–if animals are not mere things that exist as resources for human use–than veganism is the only rationally response.

If you are not vegan, please go vegan. Going vegan is easy, better for your health (as a matter of plain fact) and the heath of the planet, and most important, it is what we owe morally to nonhuman animals.

The World is Vegan! If you want it.

Gary L. Francione
Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University

©2014 Gary L. Francione

ADDENDEUM, added August 4, 2014

On August 3, Tim Barford and I discussed this issue on Go Vegan Radio. The discussion can be heard here.

During the discussion, I asked Tim to retract his statements.

On August 4, he retracted them:

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Neither Fiona Oakes nor Vegan Society CEO Jasmijn de Boo participated in the discussion despite being invited by Bob Linden.

ADDENDUM, Added August 6, 2014:

According to the website for London VegFest London 2014:

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This is, to say the least, most disturbing.