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Token veggie burgers and vegan sausage rolls aren't enough to save the world

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13.08.2019

Ask most people to think about their contribution to climate change and the first things that come to mind are likely to be their polluting car or that flight to the Med they took last summer. Their dinner plate is not usually one of them.

Yet our meat-heavy diets are copping a lot of flak as one of the world’s biggest contributors to climate change. Only last week, the world’s top climate scientists published a new report warning that reducing the amount of meat we eat will be absolutely crucial to averting climate breakdown.

It’s not the first report to warn us that the way we’re feeding humanity is damaging our natural world beyond repair, and it probably won’t be the last. But the grimness of the findings seems to be perfectly matched by the apathy with which our political and corporate world has reacted to it.

With one truly remarkable exception. Following the landmark report, there’s at least one institution in the UK that has taken drastic action. As part of a series of measures to tackle the climate emergency, Goldsmith’s University, has banned the sales of beef on their campus.

This is the kind of bold, uncompromising measure that’s bound to attract controversy, especially from those who love beef and hate bans. But there is absolutely no doubt that something needs to be done to cut the amount of meat we eat in the western world, and governments, corporate and public institutions all have a role to........

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