British university bans beef to reduce carbon footprint

A university in the UK is banning beef products in order to tackle the “climate emergency.”


Alison Kershaw reported on Yahoo News thatGoldsmiths, University of London, “said it is to remove all beef products from sale from next month as the institution attempts to become carbon neutral by 2025.”


The university will also instate a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups, for the college’s new Warden, Professor Frances Corner, said staff and students “care passionately about the future of our environment.”


But as the National Farmers’ Union (NFA) vice-president Stuart Roberts said, “Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time but singling out one food product is clearly an overly simplistic approach.”


“The main issue with this is the lack of understanding or recognition between British beef and beef produced elsewhere,” Roberts continued. “Our standards of beef production in the UK are among the most efficient in the world, with British livestock grazing in extensive, grass-based systems – meaning a greenhouse gas footprint 2.5 times smaller than the global average.

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H/T: Yahoo News