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Opinion: 'People eat too much meat. Veggie school menus are good for health and the planet'

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I MADE a vegetarian shepherd’s pie this week (or ‘shepherd-less’ since it was meat-free) and it had the aroma of a school dinner.

There’s nothing like an aroma to take you back. I was reminded of watery mashed potato, tasteless carrots and some indefinable greyish meat. On a good day there was cheese flan, cut into squares, or Spam fritters (deep fried was/is the only way to eat Spam).

But more often than not, school dinner was a scoop of mash, soggy veg and the inevitable slice of dull meat. I adored the dinner ladies at primary school, and still remember their names, but they were no nonsense when it came to food waste. We had to eat what was on our plate, even when they gave us something evil - liver - one day, which prompted lots of crying. I discreetly cut some of mine into tiny pieces to drop under my chair, placing the rest in the side of my mouth, where it........

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