VICTORIA WHITE: Beef farming crisis an opportunity to re-evaluate the entire industry

Members of the Irish Farmers’ Association at a protest outside Cork City Hall earlier this month calling for the Government to introduce increased Brexit supports for beef farmers. Picture: Michelle Devane/PA

It reallly is the new political frontier. Richard Bruton, the minister who has responsibility for policy on climate change, was questioned by Labour’s Joan Burton this week on whether he had become a vegetarian or a vegan.

He had done nothing of the sort. He had even posted a beef stir fry on his Instagram in recent days. He wittered on about a “balanced diet”, the dietary equivalent of one for everyone in the audience.

But the question refuses to go away. On Tuesday Mary Wilson posed the same question of the Ireland South European candidates and elicited what can only be called a smorgasbord of answers.

The science-based answer is that you don’t have to be a vegan or even a vegetarian to be climate-conscious but you have to eat little or no red meat.

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