The Times has run with and interview with Nicholas Stern (this story is now behind the paywall placed on The Times website) on the dietary options that may be considered in terms of climate change. Sir Nicholas is reportedly concerned over the use of resources needed for meat production. I’m sure that this has been completely thought through but I have my doubts.
The UK’s agricultural land is dominated by grassland. Over 70% is grass. And the best use for this is ruminant production (using the land to farm grazing animals): milk, beef and lamb. If we don’t factor these into the debate we ignore compromising arguments on land use. Without, for example, uplands being grazed by livestock the landscape of the Lake District will change potentially effecting the tourism appeal. Moreover, with a Goverment target to increase farmland birds, removal of grazing animals will affect ground nesting species.Read more