Our dietary freedom's at steak
Miranda Devine September 11, 2008
Not content with raising the cost of everything, terrifying small children and ruining the fun of driving, the gloom merchants of global warming now want us to stop eating meat to save the planet.
On Tuesday, Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the IPCC (the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), who just happens to be a vegetarian, declared meat-eating a grave carbon sin, and one which ought to be taxed. "Please eat less meat - meat is a very carbon-intensive commodity," he told an animal rights conference in London, Compassion in World Farming.
"Give up meat for one day [per week] at least initially, and decrease it from there," said the 68-year-old Indian economist who is beginning his second six-year term as the world's most influential global warming guru.
Green groups long ago decided that eating meat was worse for the environment than driving cars, and last year they began campaigning in earnest. Having formed an unholy alliance with animal rights fanatics, they've been trying to go after meat in every way possible, including a plan to measure the farts of cows and sheep, quite seriously.
Having attacked our wool so unscrupulously and so successfully, PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, is going for broke, claiming that meat is the "Number one cause of Global Warming".
In other words, action on climate change means turning into a nation of scrawny, lank-haired, dull-eyed vegans with wan babies who cry. Thanks but no thanks. Read More
The efforts to eliminate meat from our diets have never been due to some “greater cause” as the U.N. would like you to believe. It is because there are people there that don’t like the fact that the United States has been so successful, and no industry has been as successful at it’s role in society as agriculture has been. We produce the safest, most affordable, most abundant food supply on the planet. And it is due to the hard work and ingenuity of the American producer.