The IFA's response to Paul McCarthy's suggestion that Meatless Mondays would require ploughing grasslands and losing carbon sinks is pure hot air. Irish grasslands are called ‘permanent pastures' but they are regularly reseeded because as Teagasc says, they are ‘significantly more productive than old pastures'. Farmers are recommended to regularly plough, till, and reseed - a far cry from a permanent carbon sink. A meat based diet takes two and half times more land than a vegetarian diet and five times more land than a vegan diet. And we haven't even mentioned the ingredients in cattle feed.