It’s not very often I invite Tory MPs for dinner.
But I made an exception today as I tried to tempt the Minister in charge of the government’s “Green GB” week to push more meat-free meals as a means of helping us combat climate change.
In 2016, agriculture was responsible for 10% of our national greenhouse gas emissions. And meat farming (particularly cattle) is a significant contributor to this.
Sadly the minister recently claimed it was not the job of government to tell people to adopt a more climate-friendly diet. But I think that it is the job of government to give us more information about the impact of our choices so we can make informed decisions.
We don’t all need to become vegans (though I’m proud to join my fellow Bristol MPs Kerry McCarthy and Darren Jones in that camp)! But if we all took steps to reduce the amount of meat in our diet, that would have a dramatic impact on the global environment – as well as on our own health!