One of London's leading universities, Goldsmiths University of London, has recently taken a stand against climate change by prohibiting the sale of beef burgers on campus. The Uni is removing the sale of all beef products this September in a move to become carbon neutral by 2025.
In response to the move, the National Farmers Union (NFU) has been critical in its feedback, telling Sky News that the ban is "overly simplistic" and represents a lack of understanding of the differences between British beef, and beef produced elsewhere. "Tackling climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time but singling out one food product is clearly an overly simplistic approach," said NFU vice president Stuart Roberts.
"Our standards of beef production in the UK are among the most efficient in the world, with British livestock grazing in extensive, grass-based systems - meaning a greenhouse gas footprint 2.5 times smaller than the global average."
In an additional measure to reduce single use plastic usage at Goldsmiths, students will also have to pay a 10p levy on bottles of water and single-use plastic cups when the academic year starts.