Get the vegans to do the grazing @Fairygirl 😂 they'll feel even more self righteous as they tuck in some dandelions. That said, nicely steamed with a vinaigrette they are delicious.
Just to be clear, I've read the Committee on Climate Change's report (yes, all of it). It doesn't anywhere suggest that we should all become vegetarian, not remotely. It suggests that the number of people that are eating meat EVERY DAY for at least 2 meals a day is problematic and that people should be encouraged to REDUCE - not eliminate - meat in their diets.It's neither preachy nor an emotional report. It's a very hard nosed document that doesn't pull its punches but which keeps well clear of handwringing or emotional blackmail. If you want to understand the issue without the overblown sentimentality then I highly recommend it, at least in its summary form, as a reliable source of information.Even so, it makes very sobering reading - the amount of change we need to address is substantial. It makes me very sad that so many respondents have replied along the lines of 'until there's a perfect answer I'll not consider making any changes at all, however small' and/or 'if China can continue to burn coal then I can continue to do whatever I like'.There are plenty of examples of legal/political action being taken unilaterally by a small number of countries leading multilateral action when it's shown that the arguments against action don't stand up.For what it's worth, I completely agree that extensively reared meat has relatively little impact, compared to arable farming on some of the same land. But extensively reared meat is more expensive than factory farmed, and we all expect food to be cheap. It would benefit careful farmers as well as people with a weight problem and the climate if we stuck to the same meat budgets but bought much higher welfare products. Personally I think that reducing meat in people's diets and replacing it with beans merely moves the source of methane rather than eliminating it. But I support the intention - that we should all THINK a bit about our choices and the impacts they have that we can't see. Eating meat two or three days a week rather than 7 is not a hardship. I've done it for years. Meat - especially fast food - is a bad habit, not a farming necessity. And the climate debate cannot be considered in terms of absolutes - perfectly good or perfectly bad. It's balance of harm that has to be managed and every sensible decision has a compromise behind it.I'll put my soapbox away. As you were.....