October 02, 2008

You can't have your healthy substitute for pudding if you don't eat your organic fair trade free-range vaguely meat-like soy substitute

Sorry, you're just gonna have to quit drinking so much milk and eating as much meat and junk foods in order to save Gaia.  Yes, this is another ZOMG COW FARTS AND MODERN AGRICULTURE RUIN TEH ENVIRONMENT!!1!1eleventy!1one!1 study.  Here's the obligatory statement from the head of the study, calling for dictatorial control over the citizenry,

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."

This is in the UK, so I'm guessing the Nanny government will be happy to oblige.   The National Farmers' Union response? 

However, the National Farmers' Union warned that its own study, with other industry players, published last year, found net emissions from agriculture could only be cut by up to 50% if the carbon savings from building renewable energy sources on farms were taken into account.

The NFU also called for government incentives to help farmers make the changes. "Farmers aren't going to do this out of the goodness of their hearts, because farmers don't have that luxury; many of our members are very hard pressed at the moment," said Jonathan Scurlock, the NFU's chief adviser on renewable energy and climate change.

Moar subsidies pleez!

The article has a before and after of what your weekly menu would look like after Nanny put it's foot down...on their throats.  Let's just say, maybe it'll take the government denying the Brits their bangers and mash and their clotted cream to make them take back control of their government.

Exit question:  You think Vice-Chair of the Minnesota GOP will swipe this story, too? 


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