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Want to protect the planet? Eat more beef, not less

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Cows on a farm in the Scottish Borders
The key is to educate people about where their food comes from and to encourage responsible consumption of beef and dairy produced to the highest standards Credit:  David Cheskin/PA Archive

If students and staff at Goldsmiths University really want to help the environment, they should end their ban on selling beef on campus. Far from being the bogeymen portrayed by environmental campaigners, sustainably farmed beef and dairy cattle are integral to maintaining our green and pleasant land, keeping our waterways free of chemicals and feeding our population in the most efficient manner possible.

Two thirds of UK farmland is under grass and in most cases cannot be used for other crops. The only responsible way to convert this into food is to feed it to cattle, which are capable of deriving 100 per cent of their nutrition from grass and therefore are more efficient on such land than chickens...

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