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Wednesday, October 01, 2008 

The Next Global Warming Scare

Here it comes. The next scare tactic is coming your way to your local super market and dinner table.

Meat must be rationed to four portions a week, says report on climate change.


Juliette Jowit of the Guardian reports that we have to cut back on the consumption of meat and milk. A return to the old ways of eating in season veggies and meats. The use of cooking in bulk and pressure cookers to do so.

The report, by the Food Climate Research Network, based at the University of Surrey, also says total food consumption should be reduced, especially "low nutritional value" treats such as alcohol, sweets and chocolates.

Now how low nutritional foods contribute to the global warming myth I have no clue. This part of the report seems to be more of a "we shall make you healthy rather you like it or not, big brother looking out for you thing.

Tara Garnett, the report's author, warned that campaigns encouraging people to change their habits voluntarily were doomed to fail and urged the government to use caps on greenhouse gas emissions and carbon pricing to ensure changes were made. "Food is important to us in a great many cultural and symbolic ways, and our food choices are affected by cost, time, habit and other influences," the report says. "Study upon study has shown that awareness-raising campaigns alone are unlikely to work, particularly when it comes to more difficult changes."

In other words only those of us who believe in global warming know best. Governments have to step in and control more of our lives. From what time we wake up , cars we drive, to now what we can and should eat.

The report's findings are in line with an investigation by the October edition of the Ecologist magazine, which found that arguments for people to go vegetarian or vegan to stop climate change and reduce pressure on rising food prices were exaggerated and would damage the developing world in particular, where many people depend on animals for essential food, other products such as leather and wool, and for manure and help in tilling fields to grow other crops.

Instead, it recommended cutting meat consumption by at least half and making sure animals were fed as much as possible on grass and food waste which could not be eaten by humans.

"The notion that cows and sheep are four-legged weapons of mass destruction has become something of a distraction from the real issues in both climate change and food production," said Pat Thomas, the Ecologist's editor.

The head of the United Nations intergovernmental panel on climate change, Rajendra Pachauri, also sparked global debate this month when he urged people to have at least one meat-free day a week.

A clear look at a couple of the hidden agendas being linked to global warming. You have to change your eating habits. Become more vegetarian. Animals are not being elevated quick enough to the same level as man. PETA and the vegetarians are lining up behind the global warming myth and this study supports their ideas. Saying it is bad to eat as much meat as we do.

The Food Climate Research Network found that measured by production, the UK food sector produces greenhouse gases equivalent to 33m tonnes of carbon. Measured by consumption - including imports - the total rises to 43.3m tonnes. Both figures work out at under one fifth of UK emissions, but they exclude the indirect impacts of actions such as clearing rain forest for cattle and crops, which other studies estimate would add up to 5% to 20% of global emissions.

The report found the meat and dairy sectors together accounted for just over half of those emissions; potatoes, fruit and vegetables for 15%; drinks and other products with sugar for another 15%; and bread, pastry and flour for 13%.

So here I have to ask the obvious question. Should we now also think about banning BEANS? After all don't beans in the human diet contribute to methane gases? Will beans be the next scare tactic to stink up the global warming myth.

The report calls for meat and dairy consumption to be cut in developed countries so that global production remains stable as the population grows to an estimated 9bn by 2050.

At the same time emissions from farms, transport, manufacturing and retail could be cut, with improvements including more efficient use of fertilisers, feed and energy, changed diets for livestock, and more renewable fuels - leading to a total reduction in emissions from the sector of 50% to 67%, it says.

The UN and other bodies recommend that developed countries should reduce total emissions by 80% by 2050.

No where does the report address the unrestricted population growth in less developed nations. It does not address the practices of banned pesticides, unregulated animal ranching (meaning there are no visits by the local veterinarian to the cattle or sheep, checking on such things as mad cow dieses or hoof and mouth.) No where does this report address or make recommendations about how the not just the third world but countries like Mexico violate health issues in their agriculture. The practice of untreated human waste as fertilizer, poor storage and handling practices of food products.

This report, as predictable as the sun coming up. Only looks at certain leading nations to curb their habits, and blames them for the contributing to the global warming myth. Al Gore must be proud of this report.

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