The CLA has today said calls to eat less meat to cut climate change are misguided and would only create other problems.
The CLA believes the real answer is to find new ways to produce meat with lower Green House Gas emissions. “Calls for people to give up eating meat to fight climate change are misjudged,” said CLA President William Worsley. “We must not forget that meat provides us with key nutrients.”
“Farming fewer livestock would only create other problems,” he said. “Milk from cows, for instance, is a key nutrient for the healthy development of young children. The only substitute available would be very large volumes of soya, but it should be remembered that soya farming has destroyed many thousands of acres of rainforest across the world and continues to do so.”
“There is much natural grazing in the world,” he said. “It makes little sense to plough up this land for human food crops which would in itself produce significant carbon emissions.”
“Climate change is an issue we take very seriously, but eating less meat would make little difference to it,” he said. “We believe that research into farming methods that limit the Green House Gases that cows and other livestock emit is the key to moving forward.”