Now they are coming for your meat

It was only ever a matter of time. The report came out last week that the world is going to hell in yet another handcart. Apparently, if we don’t all go back to living as they did in the Stone Ages, we are all doomed. The greenies are forbidding us from doing even more stuff. Plastic bags? Meh. Drinking straws? History. So what else can they ban? You guessed it. Meat.

Even though it was the consumption of protein that gave humanoids the additional brain power to advance further than their counterparts and even though they ate meat in the Stone Age now we are expected to go pre-prehistoric.

Newshub reports quote.

Western countries like New Zealand need to cut their beef and pork consumption by 90 percent if humanity is to survive the next century, according to scientists.

And they say a meat tax might be the best way to achieve it. end quote.

Could anything be as mad as a meat tax? quote.

According to a new study, by 2050 the environmental costs of present-day food production will almost double, as the Earth’s population rockets to 10 billion and more of the world is lifted out of poverty and switch to meat-rich diets. end quote.

By 2050. I thought the handcart was going to roll off the cliff in 12 years, according to the report issued last week. You can see why so few people take this stuff seriously, can’t you? quote.

The study, published in journal Nature, says “in the absence of technological changes and dedicated mitigation measures”, pollution and resource depletion will reach “levels that are beyond the planetary boundaries that define a safe operating space for humanity”. end quote.

Those technological changes are already taking place, although I doubt that they will make a significant difference. If we really are still here by 2050, then the obvious thing to do to solve all these problems is population control. Why does nobody ever think of that? quote.

The study estimates the average world citizen would need to cut their consumption of beef by 75 percent, pork by 90 percent and eggs by 50 percent, made up for by tripling their intake of beans and eating four times’ the amount of nuts and seeds.

The average Westerner has a lot more to give up – we need to eat 90 percent less beef and 60 percent less milk, and up our bean intake by 700 percent. end quote.

As I have said before, I’m just a dumb accountant. So obviously I don’t know what I am talking about when I say that to increase everyone’s bean intake by 700% is going to result in … a very big hill of beans. Won’t we just be replacing cattle on the pasture with beans? Won’t we have to produce a hell of a lot more beans, and nuts and seeds because meat is much more satisfying than most beans (or other vegetarian delights) and, as a result, people will have to eat more of them? quote.

“The available evidence suggests that providing information without additional economic or environmental changes has a limited influence on behaviour, and that integrated, multicomponent approaches that include clear policy measures might be best suited for changing diets,” the study reads.

“Those can include a combination of media and education campaigns; labelling and consumer information; fiscal measures, such as taxation, subsidies, and other economic incentives; school and workplace approaches; local environmental changes; and direct restriction and mandates.” end quote.

In other words, people won’t do anything unless they are beaten with a big stick and boy – is this the best government for that. quote.

People were far more likely to not buy meat if it was expensive or they understood the health benefits of avoiding it, that study found.

Climate Change Minister James Shaw in June begged for Kiwis to eat less meat, saying there was no risk to New Zealand’s vital primary industries because of the growing demand for meat and dairy overseas. end quote.

Another ‘mad as a meat tax’ Green proposal. Will the meat tax be the way that James funds his incentive policy for EVs?

One of the things that ended Helen Clark’s reign was her insistence that people be forced to change their showerheads and light bulbs. Nine years later, we have picked up right where we left off. There is never any sensible policy, like encouraging lower birth rates or sponsoring research into new agricultural methods. No. The attitude is always that we are all naughty children who need to be controlled. God, I hope New Zealanders can see through all this before it is too late. Unfortunately, from the many conversations I have had with people about plastic bags, I’m not so sure that that is likely at all.

 


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Accountant. Boring. Loves tax. Needs to get out more. Loves the environment, but hates the Greens. Has been called a dinosaur. Wears it with pride.

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