As a serious meat and dairy consumer, I was disgruntled at the findings of the major international biodiversity report released this week, because in essence it said the vegetarians and vegans are right – we need to eat a lot less meat and dairy product if we want to save the world.

Now, don't get me wrong: I like my veges, despite having to digest insipid masses of them as a child under the watchful eye of my mother, who would chant the mantra "Think of the starving children in Biafra", or wherever was the famine hotspot of the time,

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