Abstracted from the BBC website:-
Scientists say we ought to eat much less meat because the meat industry causes so many carbon emissions.
But the climate minister Claire Perry has told BBC News it is not the government's job to advise people on a climate-friendly diet.
She would not even say whether she herself would eat less meat.
Ms Perry has been accused by Friends of the Earth of a dereliction of duty. They say ministers must show leadership on this difficult issue.
But the minister - who is personally convinced about the need to tackle climate change - is anxious to avoid accusations of finger-wagging.
Now, if you look through some of my posts a few years ago you will see this doesn't come as a shock to me.
Mankind has been eating meat for 200,000 years. We are designed that way. We used to hunt meat. Then c. 10,000 years ago we figured out it was a lot easier and a lot more reliable to farm our meat. And there was a remarkable increase in green house gasses (principally methane).
The problem today is not just that we each eat a lot of meat, it's because there are far too many of us, and we all want to eat meat (yeh, ok, there are a few vegetarians etc).
If George were still here, he would be agreeing about the "far too many of us" issue.
So, the gov might be recommending that we eat smaller pizzas and pies, but let's make sure those pies are stuffed full of good quality, wholesome meat, the gov doesn't want to become a nanny state about eating less meat, and sure as hell, they don't want to start a discussion about population reduction !