Country’s oldest university bans beef to fight climate change

Portugal’s oldest university, the University of Coimbra, announced that it would stop serving beef for the first time in its 729-year history in an effort to combat the climate crisis, writes Hunter Moyler for Newsweek.

The beef production process is a known source of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, and the university's rector, Amílcar Falcão, said the decision marks an important step towards becoming Portugal’s first carbon-neutral institution of higher learning by the end of the coming decade.

“We are experiencing a climate emergency, and we have to put brakes on this projected environmental catastrophe,” Falcão said in a speech to hundreds of students, according to The Portugal News. Replacing beef with other sources of nutrients will “be a way of reducing the source of the greatest CO2 production that exists in the production of animal meat”.
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