Eat More Bugs

Global food production, and in particular meat production,  threatens climate stability, claims a recent report from the Green Over-Lords.   The EAT-Lancet Commission co-chaired by Professors Walter Willet and Johan Rockstrom, together with an additional 18 coauthors from various fields that include political science and environmental sustainability, have decided that in order to save the planet the global consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes will have to double and consumption of red meat and sugar reduced by 50%, at minimum.

Professor Rockstrom went so far as to claim that food production is the “largest driver of environmental degradation and transgression of planetary boundaries” and without immediate action, “the world risks failing to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement.”

But not to worry, the U.N. has a means to save us from ourselves and all that is required is that we turn our lives, our freedoms, and our nation over to a bunch of socialist boot-licking U.N. bureaucrats.  And when I say our, I am specifically speaking of the United States of America, the U.N.’s main target for scamming money. 

Eating meat, the Green Over-Lords proclaim, is one of the most destructive things you could do to the environment.  Emissions from cows according to past UN reports account for more co2 emissions than airplanes and cars combined.  And the US is the worst offender, where individuals dare to consume 57 lbs. of beef, 100 lbs. of chicken and at least 50 lbs. of pork rinds each year.  Oh the horror! 

A former UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, dared to say that they (the Green Gods) want to treat meat eaters like smokers in a restaurant – banished to separate sections, or better yet, outdoors with the rest of the carnivores.   If that doesn’t embarrass us to quit, the Green Gods could make meat far too expensive for the average peasant to afford by taxing the hell out of it or forcing farmers off their lands through “wetlands and endangered species”  laws.  My favorite, of course, is the suggestion that restaurants could start offering “meat patches” and add insects to the menu.  Feeling hungry, how about some spicy grasshoppers with a side of buffalo worms?

According to a 2013 report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, 2 billion people eat insects every day as part of their traditional diet, a practice known as entomophagy.  Beetles are the most commonly consumed, followed by caterpillars, bees, wasps, ants, grasshoppers, locusts and crickets.  All in all, according to the UN, there are more than 1900 species of edible insects. Dare I say YUM!

Replacing just half of the meat consumed with crickets and mealworms would cut farmland use by a third and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.  For those consumers reluctance to eat insects, the report suggests that they could just be added as an ingredient in some pre-packaged foods.

And of course there is always that meat patch which NYU Bioethicists Matthew Liao said should contain an ingredient to make people allergic to meat proteins – you know, give them a nasty surprise if they slipped up and ate meat.   

The United Nations predicted a food catastrophe back in the 70’s based on global cooling.  Nothing has changed except that now its global warming or climate change or whatever.  But  this time they are going after meat in a way we never envisioned.   

Already the World Wildlife Fund, the Global RoundTable for Sustainable Beef and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have joined forces to browbeat the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association into accepting restrictions on the use of their lands, restrictions on water use and grazing areas which has resulted in smaller herds, more costly regulations, layers of bureaucratic overreach and more expensive beef prices.

And for what?  According to Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, the threat of carnivores to the climate is greatly exaggerated.  Humans contribute 80% of greenhouse emissions from transportation, heating, lighting and manufacturing.  When you count those sources the emissions drop from eschewing animal products becomes commensurately small.   “Hectoring meat eaters will do almost nothing to slow climate change, while the demand for dietary sacrifice and culinary hair shits could well alienate members of the public from considering more effective ways to address future man-made warming.”

The EAT-Lancet report is disturbing on a number of fronts. Most importantly, its diet lacks the backing of any rigorous science. Indeed, it does not cite a single clinical trial to support the idea that a vegan/vegetarian diet promotes good health or fights disease. Instead EAT-Lancet relies entirely on a type of science that is weak and demonstrably unreliable, called epidemiology.

The United Nations doesn’t care about saving the planet from carnivores – it’s about power and control, it is about enslaving humanity under a global government in the name of sustainability.  

I think I’ll pass on insects, man-made meat products and plant based hamburgers. I like my steaks the same as I like my life – based on reality, not some money grubbing scheme.

Source:  Report: Cut more than half the meat from your diet to stop climate change, CFact; Summary Report of the EAT-Lancet Commission, Healthy Diets From Sustainable Food Systems, UN; Grub’s up! How eating insects could benefit health By Honor Whiteman, Medical News Today;  Green Over-Lords Take Control of Beef Industry, Franklin County Patriots;  Why Giving Up Meat Won’t Have Much of an Effect on Climate Change, Reason

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