UK environment minister rejects anti-meat demands by Climate Change Committee

  • Date: 27/06/21
  • The Sunday Telegraph

Britain can achieve its climate change goals without lecturing people to eat less meat, the Environment Secretary has said, as he pushed back on calls to change diets and tax burgers.

The Government’s climate change advisers this week said not enough was being done to encourage people to cut a fifth of their meat consumption by 2030.

Agriculture accounts for around 10 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, mostly from livestock methane, and it uses land that the Climate Change Committee (CCC) says is needed for terrain that sucks up carbon such as woodland.

But George Eustice said keeping British livestock that was fed on grass rather than grain would be “one of the key components of our work to get to Net Zero.”

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