Will going vegan save the planet?

The Independent 7 January 2020

“You mightn’t happen to have a piece of cheese about you, now? No? Well, many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese – toasted, mostly.” Marooned for three years on Treasure Island, Ben Gunn may be desperate in his yearning for cheese, but plenty of people will sympathise as they reluctantly try veganism this January.

The organisers of Veganuary estimate that 350,000 people will be switching to a plant-based diet this month. Many, including myself, will have been panicked into action by the threat of irreversible climate change, or shamed into it by brilliantly single-minded young people.

In fact, ever since Extinction Rebellion, Greta Thunberg and millions of… Register for one free premium article per week.