Fart taxes, food rationing and other eco-insanities

Omnologos comments on a BBC report that describes the problems that cattle farmers in New Zealand are facing on account of the government’s war on climate change.

Abhishek writes about the warnings issued by an organization called the Food Climate Research Network which has brought out a report in which it calls for rationing of meat and milk – four modest portions of meat and one liter of milk a week – so that run-away climate change can be avoided. From The Guardian

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.”

Basically – since people won’t comply “voluntarily”, governments should force them. This is weeks after Dr. Pachauri asked people to stop eating meat once a week.

What can I say? Insanity was always dangerous. Thanks to environmentalism, its also become fashionable.

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