Liberal Totalitarians Set Their Sights on Beef
Progressives are coming for our steaks, our hamburgers, even our beef hotdogs.
You know when a blitzkrieg is on the horizon when they soften up the target with a bombing offensive. Instead of sending out the Luftwaffe, modern statists rely on studies by pointy-headed experts (usually funded by the government). This one should alarm anyone who enjoys a hearty meal:
Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.
Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more heat-trapping gases per calorie, puts out six times as much water-polluting nitrogen, takes 11 times more water for irrigation and uses 28 times the land, according to the study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption, said lead author Gidon Eshel, an environmental physics professor at Bard College in New York.
Eshel used U.S. government figures to calculate air and water emissions and how much water and land were used in the lifetime production of beef, pork, poultry, dairy and eggs.
That is, the figures come from the same federal government that has pushed its hostility to Southwestern cattle ranchers to the verge of armed conflict. Cattle use a lot of land, and Big Government likes to control every inch. In addition, there are cultural issues. The lifestyle of ranchers keeps alive a masculine, freedom-loving aspect of America that the metrosexual authoritarian weenies in Washington want dead.
Cows burp major amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that is dozens of times more potent than carbon dioxide.
A dozen times nothing is still nothing. There is no credible evidence that carbon dioxide, methane, or even the greatest greenhouse gas of them all, water vapor, is the least bit harmful.
Claiming that beef causes global warming is the same as claiming that it is homophobic or offensive to Native Americans. We are in the realm of liberal ideology, not objective reality.
The message from the study is “whenever possible try to replace beef with other sources of protein from animal sources,” said Eshel, who said he doesn’t eat meat now but used to raise cattle on a kibbutz in Israel.
First we will be nudged. Our rulers have already managed to drive beef prices up to a new record high, no doubt in part thanks to bureaucratically engineered droughts. When this does not achieve utopia, we will be coerced. Whatever the real reasons, our liberal rulers have decided they don’t want us eating red meat, so enjoy it while you can.
On a tip from Wiggins. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.