The Government has announced that it will not be looking to enforce changes in diets as part of its bid to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 78 per cent, compared with 1990 levels, by 2035.
The new target will be enshrined in law by the end of June 2021, committing the UK to the fastest fall in greenhouse gas emissions of any major economy between 1990 and 2035, making it one of the most ambitious climate targets worldwide.
In December, the Government’s Committee on Climate Change recommended a 20 per cent cut in meat and dairy consumption by 2030, rising to 35 per cent by 2050 for meat only.
However, Patrick Holden, Chief Executive of the Sustainable Food Trust, said that even though industrial meat consumption is a large contributor to the climate, nature and health issues, stopping eating all meat is not the answer. He stated this when the Government laid out its commitments to Parliament on 21 April.
This news that people can continue to exercise free will in their diet and enjoy red meat and dairy was good news for the industry.
A spokeswoman for the National Farmers Union (NFU) pointed out that the UN predicts that the global consumption of red meat will double by 2050.
The UK produces very high-quality red meat and dairy products, so it would be better to lead the way with farming sustainably, working hand-in-hand with the environmental schemes, so that farmers can use these high standards to help with exports.
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